Everyone like to splash out from time to time – but let’s face it, sometimes it seems like beauty editors only recommend products costing three figures… If there’s one thing that Ms Sali Hughes knows a fair amount about, it’s beauty. The Guardian’s resident expert on all things beauty, Hughes roadtests one can only imagine hundreds upon thousands of products each year. From skin-brightening treats and super serums to brilliant brushes and bargain spot-busters, her Top 50 Under £20 is essential reading.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to look a million dollars this summer. The Guardian’s beauty editor picks the loveliest, trustiest products on the high street. Read more: The Guardian.
Let’s be honest here – who isn’t just a little bored of Pimm’s? The summer cocktail staple is wonderfully fresh, but really we’re ready to try something new. Belsazar‘s Fruit Cup is just what you’ve been looking for – a moreish mix of fortified wine, aromatic with botanicals, oodles of ice and summery flavours of apple, cucumber, berries and mint. This is perfect as an aperitif served with a few nibbles or as an afternoon tipple to while away a few lazy hours in the garden with friends. Actually, as long as the sun is shining, this is pretty perfect at any time of day!
60ml Belsazar White
10ml Apricot Brandy
10ml Lemon juice
15ml Apple juice
Layer the ingredients into a tumbler or high ball glass with plenty of ice. Garnish with slices of apple and cucumber, along with mint, berries and lemon zest.
For more information on vermouth, your nearest stockists and some more delicious summer cocktail recipes, see Belsazar’s website.
Having the best holidays? Has our addiction to life management and productivity become so important that we now have to ensure even our down time is the best it can be? In a word: yes. This super quick read on having holidays that are really ‘worth it’, will make you rethink what it means to go on holiday – and make the most of your time off.
We must approach our vacations with the same tenacity as we do our vocations, and use them to come back to the office better than before. Read more: Harvard Business Review.
Should the words ‘efficient’ and ‘napping’ be in the same title? We’re not entirely sure. One thing that is sure though: we love napping. And napping is really good for you too – science says so. But let us tell you something people – one nap is not just like another, oh no! Different lengths, styles and times; napping like a pro takes some practice…
Not all naps are created equal. Some naps have been shown to rejuvenate where others boost creativity. What’s more, when you nap can be as important as how you nap. Here’s how to nap like a professional, nap-taking machine. Here’s how to nap like you MEAN IT. Read more: io9.
“Try the optimism of yellow. The passion of red. the harmony of green. The zen of indigo. The purity of white. The comfort of pink. We believe colour makes the world a brighter place.” Welcome to Prismologie: a new luxury bodycare range designed to inspire, uplift and enchant the senses through colour.
Whether you’re looking to start your day feeling energised and uplifted, or relax and unwind come evening, each of Prismologie’s thoughtfully-created holistic and natural products offers something different. The concept might sound a little out there and ever-so-slightly hippy-dippy, but these are actually really lovely bodycare products – made with luxurious ingredients – and they all feel indulgent and quite special. Perfect for a gift for someone deserving – or simply a gift for you, of course!
With zingy citrine and bergamot plus brightening mineral and botanical extracts, these good morning bodycare treats will leave you feeling glowing, confident and ready to take on the world. Yes, a shower can be that amazing!
Sensual and soft, pink is for soothing tenderness – taking a moment to enjoy me-time with rose quartz micro-crystals and a pretty petal light scent.
Sapphire micro-crystals and a calming oud fragrance to help soothe tired spirits, both the massage candle and the sensual foot cream are perfect for a little PM indulgence.
For more information see the Prismologie website. The luxury bodycare range is exclusively available at SpaceNK.
Grace, Audrey, Talitha, Marilyn… A quick-fix moodboard of the iconic muses currently inspiring our summer style… Patterns, textures and colours from sun-bleached pastels to vibrant primary tones – the summer’s a carefree, casual time – let the sunshine inspire you to try something new and take chances with style.
Ready to prepare for the worst? We’re told again and again how bad worrying is – but what if you could put that anxiety to positive use? Whatever you’re feeling anxious about facing, the Mental Rehearsal is a sure-fire technique to calm your nerves and help you succeed.
“Mental rehearsal” is a technique athletes, musicians, doctors, soldiers, and astronauts use to prepare for the worst—and perform at their best. Read more: Lifehacker.
A healthy cocktail? That has to be a contradiction in terms, surely? Well, a CÎROC Pineapple Colada may be just exactly that! Created by CÎROC’s Master Distiller Jean-Sebastien Robicquet, CÎROC Pineapple has been crafted from fine French grapes that are five times distilled for supreme quality, before infusion with delicate natural flavours of freshly crushed pineapple. It’s the taste of summer, bottled. Add coconut water, a twist of lime and a little fizz and you’ve got yourself one seriously, seriously moreish cocktail. Cheers to summer!
1.5 oz CÎROC Pineapple
1 oz coconut water
.5 oz lime juice
.5 oz simple syrup (optional)
Splash of soda water
Mix all ingredients over ice except soda water and pour into highball glass over ice. Top with splash of soda water and garnish with lime wedge
Almost half of marriage end in divorce these days – the odds aren’t stacked in favour of long term relationships, let’s face it. And yet a lasting relationship seems to be what we all yearn for – so what’s the secret to making it work?
Science says lasting relationships come down to – you guessed it – kindness and generosity. Read more. The Atlantic.