Top TED Talks

Motivation and inspiration; from professional challenges to life lessons, we love TED talks. These five have been watched millions of times – and with good reason. 

top ted talks

These inspirational TED talks will challenge how you think and communicate at work and in your everyday life. Read more: The Telegraph.

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.

 

Postcards 2.0

Sending actual post with an actual postage stamp? How very, very quaint. What with holiday Instas, Snapchats and tweets, who has time to send a postcard these days? Well before you jet off to sunny climes, download Touchnote and get ready to embrace the joy of sending postcards. And with none of the hassle of deliberating over which postcard for who or working out how to say “one international stamp, please” in the local language…

Simply select your envy-inducing holiday pic – be it a glorious sunset, hotdogs-or-legs snap next to the pool or humblebrag image of a must-visit cultural institution or Michelin-starred eatery. Add an address and then take time to compose a message your recipient won’t be embarrassed by the postman reading. Postcards take a couple of days to arrive at their destination – depending on where you’re sending – so it may be that it arrives back before you do! They cost about $1.99 each – and we all know how lovely it is to receive a postcard, and realise that our loved ones are thinking of us… Wish you were here?

Touchnote is available to download for free here.

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.

Five Minute Therapist

It’s fair to say that not everyone gets chance to access their own personal facialist, but yes, we’re pretty good to you here at RIH. Anti-ageing queries or acne concerns? Puffy eyes or fine lines? Each month, we give you the chance to put your questions to super facialist and skincare expert Antonia Burrell…

skincare routine

I’m late to the party with adopting a skincare routine, but now cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day. I find the whole serum thing really confusing though – do I honestly need one? How are they different to moisturisers and what do they actually do? When should I use one? They seem to be pretty expensive but I don’t want to have to spend loads. I’m 28 and have combination skin with dry patches from time to time.

Serums are very targeted treatments designed to meet a whole host of skin needs – this might be anti-ageing, pigmentation or fine lines, for example. The use of serums really depends on your individual skincare needs; they are very different to moisturisers in that they don’t moisturise the skin as such, they just treat any concerns you have. Serums are usually a little pricier as they have a much higher concentration of ingredients, making them very potent but highly effective!

serums

For dry/combination skin I recommend using a balancing serum to gently bring the skin back to its natural equilibrium. Plant-based formulations that are rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants are a great place to start, and always look for products that contain vitamins A, C & E. Over 90% of the signs of ageing are caused by free radical damage, so it’s important to incorporate as many topical anti-oxidants into your body (inside and out) as possible. Start thinking about your anti-ageing regime now and your skin will thank you for it later!

Particular ingredients I would recommend for dry/combination skin include Wild Carrot Root as it’s rich in vitamin A which helps to heal dry skin whilst stimulating collagen renewal. Cedarwood is also great for combination skin as it is a natural astringent for oily skin conditions. Palma Rosa oil is also a natural oil balancer which also works to hydrate and calm. I also love Sea Buckthorn as it’s a very rich source of vitamins A and E, carotenes and flavonoids and is second only to Rosehips when it comes to vitamin C content. It is also rich in several vitamins and minerals. Sea-buckthorn oil promotes skin repair and is one of the most beneficial oils for ageing skin.

Many people who suffer with oily skin tend to steer clear of using natural oils in skincare for fear of making it worse, when in fact it’s what the skin needs. The truth about oil lies within the most basic principle of chemistry – like dissolves like. Oil dissolves oil so by using the right oils you can cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria naturally, gently and effectively. What’s more, beneficial oils extracted from natural botanicals, vegetables and fruit can replace dirty oil build-up leaving skin healed, nourished and protected and you with clear, glowing skin that is free of imperfections.

I don’t recommend using a serum all the time, and only use sparingly underneath your moisturiser to address any specific concerns you have. If you do suffer with severe dry patches I recommend focusing more on finding a good hydrating moisturiser rather than a serum.

beackstage skincare serums

Have a question you’d like to put to Antonia? Pop your details below and if you’re lucky, you’ll get the answer to your query in a future edition of Five Minute Therapist! What are you waiting for – not everyone gets access to an A-List facialist just like that!

Don’t Interrupt!

I’m a stickler for good table manners. I can’t bear it when people don’t pick up their feet. And finger drumming really gets my goat. I have, I am aware, multiple bêtes noires; but by far the most unpleasant “bad habit” in my book is interrupting. As bad behaviour goes, it’s one of the most common and also the most damaging to interpersonal relationships, but luckily, it’s also one that’s relatively easy to correct.

etiquette

Interrupting during a conversation takes two main forms: cutting someone off to make one’s own point and finishing someone’s sentence for them. Both drive me mad. The former simply shows a lack of respect for the other person, their right to express themselves, and what they have to communicate. It says, “What I want to say is more important and/or interesting than what you are already in the middle of saying, and frankly, I don’t much care about what you’re trying to tell me”. The latter annoys me because I want to be allowed to express my opinions in my own specifically chosen words. When someone cuts me off and finishes my sentence for me, they almost never say exactly what I was going to say, so I feel like my point is misrepresented and I’m not being fully “heard”. I regularly want to shout “I’m not running out of steam and I don’t need help to make my point; am I just not speaking quickly enough for your liking?” but of course, I’m British, so I just seethe silently instead…

Being regularly interrupted makes the “interuptee” feel unheard, frustrated, disrespected – none of which helps build a relationship with another person, which, ironically, is often the point of having a conversation in the first place. I don’t know anyone who enjoys being interrupted… which is odd since we are almost all both victims and perpetrators of this destructive conversational habit.

conversation

So, what happens when you’re the interrupter? In addition to the message you’re sending the person you’re talking to, you’re not doing yourself any favours either. How stressful is it to be responsible for both sides of a conversation – both your own and the end of every sentence your partner tries to get out? How tense do you get when, instead of listening and then responding, you’re formulating your reply to your friend as they’re talking so that you can start making it even before they’ve finished? How often do you finish someone’s sentence only for them to say, “Well, no, that’s not where I was going with that”?

Curbing the urge to interrupt – to butt in with my idea or push people to make their point quicker – is something I’ve been working on for a while now, and I have to say the benefits are both powerful and immediate. When I’m not thinking ahead to my turn to speak, I can fully listen to friends, right to the end of their sentence or story – which lets me relax and makes them feel unrushed and heard – which makes them relax too. Since I’ve heard their full point in their own words, my replies are more pertinent and structured; which makes for a richer conversation.

interrupting

It’s no fun being interrupted, but short of actually calling someone out on their bad habit, there’s not much you can do about it. But in a spirit of being the change you want to see in the world, you can work on your own tendency to interrupt, and it really is win-win. The less you do it, the better your conversations and, as everyone relaxes and gets used to being fully heard, the less likely it is that you yourself will be interrupted. So, next time you’re chatting to friends, mentally note how often you start talking before others have really finished. The first step in changing a habit is to acknowledge it – and when you do start noticing, I bet you’ll shock yourself. And when you start to stop yourself and force yourself to listen patiently, you’ll be amazed at the effect it has on both the people around you and on your own stress levels and enjoyment of the conversation!

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.