Beauty On A Budget

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.

sali hughes

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.

 

Shower Secrets

Can a showergel change your life? Probably not. But a scented moment of indulgence in the shower can have a transformational effect on your mood and really kickstart the day. What do you fancy when you’re showering? Something floral and sweetly-scented to uplift your mood and rejuvenate the spirit? Or maybe it’s got to be rich, creamy and comforting, leaving your skin silky-soft… Or perhaps deeply sensual and wonderfully feminine? And who can underestimate the power of something to awaken and refresh, with zingy, energising notes?

energising shower gels

Liz Earle Energising Body Wash

This Works Energy Bank Shower Gel

Elemis Revitalise-Me Shower Gel

rose showergels

Korres Japanese Rose Shower Gel 

Le Labo Rose 31 Shower Gel

Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Wash 

luxury perfume shower gel

Byredo Gypsy Water Body Wash

Diptyque Revitalising Shower Gel

Byredo Bal d’Afrique Body Wash

sensual shower gels

Neal’s Yard Geranium & Orange Shower Gel

ESPA Nourishing Shower Cream

Liz Earle Bath & Body Tiare & Jasmine Creamy Shower Nectar

indulgent shower gels

Burt’s Bees Milk and Shea Butter Body Wash

Clinique Deep Comfort Body Wash

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Creme Body Wash

luxury shower gel

Champneys Spa Indulgence Oriental Opulence Shower Cream

Therapie Boost Hair & Body Wash

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash

relaxing shower gels

Molton Brown’s Oudh Accord & Gold Body Wash

Kiehl’s Orange Flower & Lychee Liquid Body Cleanser

Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser

refreshing shower gels

Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel

Caudalie Fleur de Vigne Shower Gel

Malin + Goetz Bergamot Body Wash

scented showergels

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Body & Hand Wash

TOM FORD Neroli Portofino Shower Gel

Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Body & Hand Wash

RIH Drinks

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!

belsazar summer cup

60ml Belsazar White
10ml Apricot Brandy
10ml Lemon juice
15ml Apple juice
Dash bitters

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.

How to Have The Best Holidays

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. 

best holidays

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.

Highly Efficient Napping

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…

sleeping well

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.

Life In Colour

“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.

prismologie

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!

Prismologie Yellow

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!

Prismologie Pink

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.

Prismologie BLue

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.

Summer Style

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.

grace kelly

francoise hardy

marilyn monroe summer style

degrade mode summer

summer style vintage

summer style boho

summer style flowers

sharon tate

cz guest

1970s summer

norman parkinson

summer style street style

jean shrimpton

talitha getty

audrey hepburn summer style

The Mental Rehearsal

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.

anxiety

“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.

RIH Drinks

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!

ciroc pineapple

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

Long Term Love

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?

lasting relationships

Science says lasting relationships come down to – you guessed it – kindness and generosity. Read more. The Atlantic.