Look Good, Brush Better

We’ve long been fans of Look Good Feel Better‘s amazing work in offering essential hair and beauty advice and workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment. A confidence boost to those who need it most, the charity’s work really makes a tangible impact. And we also absolutely love Look Good Feel Better’s beautiful quality makeup brushes and tools – they’re excellent quality and they definitely do the job, all while giving us an extra way to give back too. So obviously we were delighted to hear about the launch of the charity’s latest launch: the Anti-Bacterial Brush Set.

LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER Anti-Bacterial Brush Set

The set’s four brushes have been made with antimicrobial technology designed to keep them clean and hygienic – so they’re ideal for use on the go – whether that’s travelling, the gym or perhaps summer festivals. The synthetic bristles are super soft too – and the brushes are every bit as effective as the Look Good Feel Better’s original, best-selling beauty tools. The brushes are also completely cruelty-free and suitable for sensitive skin.

The Round Foundation Brush is perfect for a flawless base, dispensing product evenly and smoothly, while the large Multi-Tasking Brush is fantastic for powder, blusher and bronzer. The kit also includes an Eye Shading Brush and Lip Brush which we’d recommend whether you’re a beauty pro or simply buying your first set of makeup brushes. It’s the first time we’ve come across antibacterial brushes, and we’re wondering why more brands don’t offer something so clever and effective. Brushes that look good, work well – and help make women in need feel better? Buying these brushes and effortlessly donating to charity just makes sense.

Look Good Feel Better’s Anti-Bacterial Brush Set is available from Marks & Spencer, Look Fantastic and Beauty Expert. For more information on Look Good Feel Better, see the charity’s website

The Foodie Fix

Are you sitting comfortably? Because we’re about to present you with some earth-shattering, life-changing news. Ready? We’ve discovered a new kind of chocolate which is actually good for you. OK, we may be exaggerating ever so slightly, but it’s 100% natural, organic and completely free from refined sugars. And Raw Halo chocolate is absolutely delicious too. Creamy, rich, sweet and indulgent – it’s hard to believe that chocolate that tastes so good can be quite so saintly. There’s no skimping on flavour here either; the 14 Raw Halo varieties include dark chocolate with sweet orange or sour cherry and almonds, and mylk with salted caramel or crispies. It’s enough to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

raw halo

We’re not the only fans of the artisan raw chocolate either – Raw Halo was awarded a Great Taste Award in 2015, so the experts are impressed with its gastronomic prowess too. Raw Halo’s founder Meg Haggar explains: “Although there were a few raw chocolate brands on the market, they didn’t have the taste and texture I craved. I wanted to really push raw chocolate to a new level in terms of taste, quality and clean eating.”

raw halo chocolate

“We stone grind our chocolate to give the smoothest of textures, and use a blend of premium organic Peruvian raw cacao and organic coconut sugar as well as cashew butter, lucuma powder and pure vanilla for our ‘Pure Mylk’ varieties for a delicious caramel taste. I hope Raw Halo proves that you don’t need to sacrifice life’s little luxuries to eat clean!” Research shows that raw cacao is packed with vitamins and essential minerals, and rich in antioxidants, with associated benefits including boosting energy and mood, improving heart health and longevity and even helping memory and immunity. We’ll take some of that.

raw halo raw chocolate

Chocolate that’s 100% compatible with clean eating and totally improves your health? Now there’s a wellbeing kick we can definitely get on board with.

For more information and to find stockists, see the Raw Halo website.

RIH Drinks

Nothing says spring quite like the sour-sweet zing of rhubarb; it’s an elegant, irresistible flavour quite unlike any other. Sure, rhubarb is delicious in desserts and cakes, but once you’ve tried it in a Rhubarb Spritz, you’ll realise that it’s the most exquisite addition to pretty much any cocktail. And paired with a spritz of Maison Mumm’s finest Rosé Champagne? Cocktails don’t get much better than this, really. A Rhubarb Spritz is also oh-so-easy to make – no complex mixology skills or outlandish ingredients, we promise.

rhubarb spritz mumm

Champagne cocktails may be a little bit of a treat but life is short – so a Rhubarb Spritz is actually exactly what you should be sipping of a Tuesday evening. Or a Thursday. Or Friday. You get the picture. Mumm’s Rosé Champagne is a pale coral pink colour, with subtle hints of red fruit flavours and a multitude of fine bubbles – a fragrant Champagne which works beautifully in cocktails. We also LOVE that Maison Mumm’s motto is: “Only the best” – an epithet we definitely agree with. So cheers, here’s to a cocktail or two to really celebrate spring!

rhubarb spritz cocktail
60 ml rhubarb syrup (we use this recipe)
Mumm Rosé Champagne
Mint
Lemon
Ice

Place a good handful of mint in a cocktail shaker and muddle with a rolling pin to release the flavour. Add ice cubes, rhubarb syrup and a squeeze of lemon and shake well. Strain and pour into two Champagne flutes, before topping up with chilled Mumm Rosé Champagne. Garnish with a few mint leaves or a fine slice of lemon peel. Warning: these cocktails are very, very moreish – the above recipe should serve two, but you may want to make more once you’ve tried your first Rhubarb Spritz!

mumm rose cocktails

For more information on Mumm and Mumm’s Rosé Champagne, see the website.

OMGYES!

So, let’s talk edging, hinting and rhythm. Confused? If you’ve heard of OMGYES, then this will all make perfect sense. If you haven’t… Well, it’s time to get up close and very personal with OMGYES: a frank, educational and definitely NSFW app dedicated to female pleasure and how to have incredible orgasms. Blushing? You really shouldn’t be. But you probably are; let’s face it, women’s sexual pleasure – much less masturbation – just isn’t something most of us discuss very often. It’s time to change all that.

omgyes

Over 2,000 women aged 18-95 (yes, really) participated in the large-scale research that informed the creation of OMGYES. The interactive app features real women explaining and demonstrating the specific techniques that make them orgasm. It’s that simple. And yes, there are videos of real women, actually demonstrating their favourite techniques. The videos don’t look like a fashion ad from Vogue and they definitely doesn’t look like porn either – it’s real women just like you showing you what works for them.

omgyes app

And once you’ve watched the videos? Via interactive tutorials, the app invites you to use your mobile’s touchscreen to practice the movements on a virtual vagina, correcting you with real-time feedback until you get them right. OMGYES suggests that “You kind of have to see it to believe it,” and we’d definitely agree. At the moment, there are 50 videos for your viewing (ahem) pleasure, with OMGYES costing a one-off fee of £19. Use it solo. Use it with your significant other. Now Emma Watson’s revealed she’s an OMGYES fan, it can’t be long before more of us start actually talking about female pleasure – and not in hushed voices either… Share this feature with a friend and break the cycle of silence.

You can download OMGYES online here for £19; there are also sample videos and tutorials so that you can ‘try before you buy’ too.

All About Eve

Don’t you just love it when something that you didn’t think could get any better somehow does? Well that’s exactly how we feel about Aurelia Probiotic Skincare (love!) teaming up with skincare guru Caroline Hirons (love!) on a product that helps The Eve Appeal (LOVE!). Yes, this lovely partnership has resulted in a Limited Edition Cell Repair Night Oil, with £10 being donated to the gynaecological cancer research charity with every purchase.

aurelia probiotic skincare Limited Edition Cell Repair Night Oil

La Hironess says:  “I’m thrilled to be able to work with Aurelia Probiotic Skincare and The Eve Appeal to raise much needed awareness and funds for research into gynaecological cancers. Having been touched personally by these cancers, losing my beautiful Grandmother to cervical cancer when I was 16, I know the heartache that comes with losing someone so dear to you. It’s especially hard knowing that with early detection, her death could have been prevented.”

We’ve long been fans of Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Cell Repair Night Oil: an indulgent anti-ageing treatment that works overnight to repair, rejuvenate, firm and tone skin. It’s a consummate multi-tasker supercharged with truly effective ingredients – and it smells divine too. You’ll wake up the next day with skin that feels dewy, fresh, plumped and deeply hydrated. So what are you waiting for? This has to be the easiest donation you’ll make all year.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Limited Edition Cell Repair Night Oil for The Eve Appeal in collaboration with leading Caroline Hirons is available to buy online here.

365 Positivity

Once upon a time, your friends used Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share snaps of their pet or inform the world-at-large that they were making a cup of tea. These days? Social networks seem to be wall-to-wall motivational phrases. It’s like Deepak Chopra’s PR team have contacted everyone you know and asked them to repost their positive quotes. If you’re loving all those uplifiting vibes, you’re going to ADORE 365 Positivity.

365 positivity

The free mobile app serves up one mindful quote each day of the year, designed to be motivational and empowering. “Don’t seize the day, seize every day”, “Time is precious, so love now” and “Health is wealth” are a few of the gems you can expect. Yeah, it might seem trite, but taking just a few moments to be mindful and think about who you are, where you are and how you feel can really have such a positive impact on your everyday life. The app is totally free, so it’s hard to see where you could go wrong really. Do it!

positive quotes

365 Positivity is an entertaining new self-improvement app that pings original empowering quotes to your mobile each day for one year. Available from Androiad and iOS devices, you can download the app for free here.

The Fitness Fix

“Hot and not bothered” – yeah, that’s us sweating and loving it at the end of a really, really good workout. As part of its This Girl Can campaign. Sport England has launched a new range of cool gym clothes for women in partnership with Marks & Spencer. Not only does the range of activewear look great, it also supports This Girl Can by raising funds to help women get involved in sport, exercise and getting active. Win!

this girl can marks and spencer

Cotton Rich This Girl Can Logo Hooded Sweat Top

Pure Cotton This Girl Can Vest Top

This Girl Can Performance Leggings

The campaign is all about inspiring women – regardless of age, shape or size – to get active, and actually celebrating women in sport. Whether you love swimming, cycling helps you switch off or feel fantastic at the end of a boxing match/spinning class/game of tennis, This Girl Can! And the campaign has had a real impact too: in December 2015, Sport England’s Active People Survey revealed that the number of women playing sport and getting active once a week, every week, has increased by 148,700.

THIS GIRL CAN

What’s more, the number of women playing sport is actually increasing faster than the number of men. Result! Of course, we’re not saying that you need a load of snazzy new gym gear if you want to get active, but the range is well-designed and made in performance fabrics – these are pieces that we’d definitely wear. That Hot And Not Bothered Gym Bag is just exactly what we’ve been looking for….

this girl can gym wear

Cotton Rich This Girl Can Cropped Joggers

This Girl Can Slogan Shopper Bag

This Girl Can T-Shirt

The This Girl Can range is available online and in selected Marks & Spencer stores in sizes 6-22. Sport England receives 8% of all sales to support This Girl Can projects which support and celebrate women getting active.

RIH Drinks

‘Tis the season to be celebrating and there’s nothing we like more than a festive cocktail or two. Don’t get us wrong, mulled wine is lovely, but a cocktail somehow feels that little bit more special and sophisticated. So what will we be tippling on this year? A sumac-pomegranate gin fizz is the answer. Bright and sweet with the delicate scent of pomegranate, underscored with a spicy, zingy sumac kick and finished with a splash of sparkle and a spritz of citrus.

cocktails

This is a cocktail that looks as good as it tastes too – garnished with mint and a sumac-sugar rim and served long, it’s a tipple to savour. And no complicated mixology skills are required here either – once you’ve infused the gin with sumac, you can knock this cocktail up in a matter of minutes; ideal if you’re playing host.

 

To prepare the sumac-infused gin, simply place 250ml of gin in a kilner jar with two tablespoons of sumac. Leave for a couple of hours to infuse in the fridge. You can also add fresh mint, lemon peel or ginger if you like. Any gin is fine, but we especially like the subtle spiced oriental botanicals of Opihr Gin. Equally, you can top this up with either soda water, tonic or – if you’re feeling particularly celebratory, Champagne or prosecco.

gin sumac cocktails

30 ml sumac-infused gin
Seeds from half a pomegranate
Lime
Sumac
Cane sugar
Mint
Soda water or tonic

Place the pomegranate seeds in a cocktail shaker with a sprig of mint and use a rolling pin to muddle the ingredients.  Add the gin, juice of half a line and some ice then shake. Wipe the rim of your glass with lime then mix the sugar and sumac together before dipping the top of the glass into the mix to coat. Add ice cubes, a couple of lime wedges and a sprig of mint to the glass and then pour over the cocktail. Top up with tonic or soda to finish.

Just Dance!

Ahhh wonderful watching. How many Hollywood classics can you name? Add the subtitles to see all the film titles – from Lady Be Good and Girl Crazy to Broadway Melody and It Happened In Brooklyn… About time for an old school Hollywood movie marathon anyone?

Bathing Belles

Oooh what could be nicer after a hard day at work than a long soak in the tub? We love an indulgent bubble bath – it’s got to be one of the easiest ways to let go of those stresses and strains. As you relax into the scented foam, the rushed commute, boring meetings and looming deadlines don’t really seem so important any more…  Whether you’re a fan of luxurious scented bath oils, detoxifying mineral salts or muscle-soothing soaks, these are the very best bath products to help you relax, unwind and enjoy some much-deserved me-time.

rose bath oil

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil

Bamford Jasmine Bath Oil

Dr Hauschka Almond Soothing Bath Essence

indulgent bath foam

Wild Argan Oil Bubbling Bath

Ginger Float Cream Bubble Bath

Laura Mercier Honey Bath – Ambre Vanillè

indulgent bath products

Elemis Jasmine and Rose Milk Bath

Cowshed Spoilt Cow Bath Creme

Green & Spring Indulging Shower and Bath Foam

detox bath salts

Therapie Joie Bath Infusion

Elemental Herbology Detox Botanical Bathing Infusion

African Botanics Kalahari Desert De-Tox Bath Salts

energising bath foam

Moa Fortifying Green Bath Potion

Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea

Rituals Tao Wu Wei Calming Bath Foam

muscle aches bath

Molton Brown Seamoss Stress Relieving Hydrosoak

Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak

Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak

relaxing bath oil

Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath Oil

Lucy Annabella Date Night Organic Bath Milk

Kiss the Moon After Dark Bath Oil Dream
luxury bath oil

Jo Malone London Nutmeg & Ginger Bath Oil

Maison Caulières Milky Bath Oil

Susanne Kaufmann Oil Bath for the Senses

luxury bath products

Sisley Eau du Soir Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel

Lucy Annabella Muscle Quench Organic Bath Milk

Décleor Bain Relaxant – Relaxing Shower and Bath Gel

deep sleep bathSusanne Kaufmann Alkali Salt

Body Shop Deep Sleep Comforting Milk Bath Float

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak

relaxing bath salts

Aveda Soothing Aqua Therapy

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts

Ila Spa Bath Salts for Inner Peace

luxury bath salts

Mauli Himalayan Healing Salts

Peter Wilkin Organics Sooth & Relax Bath Salts

Ortigia Zagara Bath Salts

perfumed bath oil

Floris Rose Geranium Bath Essence

Penhaligons Lily of the Valley Bath Oil

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Bath Foam