10 Last-Minute Gifts To Buy That Go Straight To Their Inbox

As the holiday spirit envelops us in its warmth, the clock is ticking down to the most joyous day of the year – Christmas! If you find yourself caught in the whirlwind of holiday preparations and suddenly realise you’ve yet to complete your gift list, fear not! From thoughtful vouchers to unique experiences, this guide of last-minute gifts is designed to rescue you from the clutches of shopping panic and ensure that your loved ones unwrap joy and surprise on Christmas morning…all from the comfort of their inbox!

For the travel enthusiast

Mr & Mrs Smith E-Gift Card

Fuel wanderlust with the gift of exploration! This e-gift card opens doors to bespoke escapes, offering the perfect retreats for the avid traveller. A passport to luxury awaits, ensuring unforgettable experiences and memories to last a lifetime.

For the music lover

Royal Opera House Gift Certificate

Ignite the senses with the gift of music and drama. The Royal Opera House Gift Certificate grants access to world-class performances, enchanting the recipient with the magic of live music and theatrical brilliance. An exquisite treat for the discerning music aficionado.

For the reformer obsessive

Heartcore Gift Card

Ideal for reformer enthusiasts, this card unlocks access to dynamic classes, fostering strength, flexibility, and well-being. Give the gift of a healthier, more invigorated lifestyle for the mindful fitness seeker.

For the nail art queen

Townhouse Gift Card

Pamper nails to perfection with the Townhouse Gift Card. Tailored for the nail art connoisseur, it offers a luxurious escape into the world of exquisite manicures and pedicures. Elevate self-care routines and let creativity flourish with this thoughtful gesture.

For the foodie

Mindful Chef Subscription

Satisfy culinary cravings with the Mindful Chef Subscription. This gift delivers wholesome, delicious ingredients straight to the doorstep, inspiring foodies to create nutritious meals. A flavorful journey awaits, making every cooking experience a delightful adventure.

For those that need some R&R

Retreat East Voucher

Escape the hustle and bustle with the Retreat East Voucher. This tranquil getaway promises serenity and relaxation, allowing recipients to unwind in luxurious surroundings. Give the gift of rejuvenation, providing a well-deserved break from the stresses of everyday life.

For the botanical lover

Bloom & Wild Flower Subscription

Bring the beauty of nature indoors with the Bloom & Wild Flower Subscription. This thoughtful gift delivers fresh blooms regularly, transforming spaces into vibrant havens. Perfect for those who appreciate the elegance and fragrance of handpicked, seasonal flowers.

For the budding chef

Daylesford Cookery School Voucher

Ignite culinary passion with the Daylesford Cookery School Voucher. This hands-on experience immerses aspiring chefs in the art of cooking, offering expert guidance and gourmet inspiration. Unleash creativity in the kitchen with this gift of culinary mastery.

For the new mum

Ruuby App Voucher

Shower new mothers with the gift of self-care through the Ruuby App Voucher. This on-demand beauty service brings pampering directly to their doorstep, ensuring a moment of relaxation amidst the demands of motherhood. A thoughtful and rejuvenating gift for the deserving new mum.

For the beauty addict

Beauty Pie Gift Membership

Indulge beauty lovers with the Beauty Pie Gift Membership. This exclusive pass grants access to high-quality skincare and makeup at members-only prices. Elevate beauty routines with premium products, making every day a glamorous and radiant affair.


Pomegranate Gin Fizz

Crafted to perfection, this enchanting pomegranate gin fizz cocktail offers a delectable fusion of flavours that belies its straightforward preparation, ensuring that even the novice mixologist can effortlessly whip up a beverage that transcends expectations. The vibrant notes of pomegranate lend a refreshing and slightly tart undertone, artfully balanced by the botanical richness of the gin, creating a harmonious symphony for the taste buds.

INGREDIENTS

75ml gin

150ml pomegranate juice

Champagne

Pomegranate seeds to garnish

METHOD

Mix together the gin and pomegranate juice and divide between 6 champagne glasses.

Top each up with champagne or sparkling wine and serve garnished with a few extra pomegranate seeds.

Pomegranate Gin Fizz

Recipe by Poppin Poms


Sadie’s December Wellness Must-Haves

It’s December, a time for magic, reflection and for me personally, looking inward. Although December is arguably the busiest month of the year, I would urge everyone to find the quiet moments and lean into them, or carve out some if they don’t seem to be appearing naturally. This is the only time of year that for most of us, work slows and comes to a complete halt if you’re lucky, family and friends become the focus and that is what makes this time of year so special. So now is also the perfect time to work out wellness goals for next year and how you’re going to look after yourself even better than you did the year before. Here are the things that I will be relying upon to keep me well, sane and full of joy!

Arbonne Radiance Sheet Mask with Niacinamide

Combat Christmas skin with this heavenly mask from Arbonne designed to hydrate, smooth, and replenish. Each mask has 30ml of glow-inducing serum, including Niacinamide which supports hydration and birch leaf extracts that work to boost radiance. This is my go-to post-late night mask – an essential during the Christmas season whether you are weary faced from too much Christmas present wrapping or from a great night out with friends getting merry.

Hertility At-Home Hormone and Fertility Test

Hertility is a brand that most women will want to get to know at some point in their lives as it literally lifts the lid on what is going on inside our bodies with regard to hormones. If you have recently come off the contraceptive pill you might be finding a few symptoms that you have not experienced before and whilst it is believed that the contraceptive pill does not cause fertile issues, it can mask them. Hertility will give you important information about your hormones or fertility, whether you want to have a baby now, in the future or just want to ensure your reproductive health is in check.

Ren Bio Retinoid Youth Concentrate Oil

There is something about the smell of this facial oil that makes me feel so completely relaxed – I just love it. But that is not all I love about it. The Ren Skincare Bio Retinoid Youth Concentrate Oil has quickly become my most treasured anti-wrinkle product. Powered by a very special plant-derived alternative to retinol, Bidens Pilosa, this new-formula evening oil is proven to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles after 28 days and it also helps soothe my skin and get rid of any redness. I am obsessed.

Perfect Moment Ski Outlet

I have discovered a treasure trove of skiwear – and all for much less than it originally costs… Welcome to the Perfect Moment Outlet store. It is worth noting that it also has activewear, swimwear and the odd very snazzy ski-inspired jumper, but the skiwear is where it’s at for me as I am due on the slopes in T-minus 30 days with absolutely zero ski wardrobe to my name currently.

Ninja 2-in-1 Blender

The Ninja 2-in-1 is something that I wish I had put on my Christmas list but found out about just a little too late (but hopefully someone sees this and lets my husband know!?). Its innovative design combines a high-performance blender with a precision food processor, meaning you can make smoothies, soups, dips – you name it – all completely effortlessly. It will also even shop, slice and dice for you. And it is SO easy to clean as the whole thing is dishwasher safe. 

The Skincare Collab I’m Loving

Forest Spa Finland has just announced their collaboration with talented Finnish designer – Jonnna Saarinen on its new wash bags, taking this brand from sustainable to sustainably stylish! The design takes inspiration from autumnal walks in the forest and is the perfect size to hold your Forest Spa Finland products plus a few extra.


Quote of the Month

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”

– Norman Vincent Peale


3 books to carry you through the holiday season: 


6 Warning Signs You’re Deficient In This Important Vitamin

A recent study has unveiled a startling reality – vitamin D deficiency is more pervasive than commonly assumed, affecting up to one in three individuals in the UK. As the temperatures plummet and daylight dwindles, the challenge of obtaining sufficient vitamin D naturally intensifies due to reduced sun exposure. While certain foods like oily fish, red meat, and egg yolks contain this essential vitamin, obtaining an adequate amount solely through diet proves to be a formidable task.

The Importance of Vitamin D and the Need for Supplements:
Individuals lacking this crucial nutrient should seriously consider supplements. Vitamin D is indispensable for calcium absorption and plays a vital role in maintaining the health of bones, muscles, teeth, and the immune system. A daily intake of 10 micrograms of Vitamin D is recommended to ensure optimal well-being.

Consequences of Inadequate Vitamin D Levels:
Inadequate levels of vitamin D can contribute to an array of health issues, necessitating awareness of associated symptoms. The initial signs include fatigue, muscle weakness, bone pain, and increased susceptibility to illnesses. Other indicators encompass hair loss, impaired wound healing, and changes in appetite. Severe vitamin D deficiency can result in bone deformities such as rickets in children and osteomalacia-induced bone pain in adults.

Identifying Risk Factors:
Several risk factors contribute to vitamin D deficiency, including indoor or nighttime work, vegan or vegetarian diets, darker skin tones, obesity, and ageing. Samantha Greener, a wellness expert from Simply Supplements, warns that reduced sunlight exposure during autumn and winter poses a heightened risk for vitamin D deficiency. Many individuals may unknowingly lack this essential nutrient, as its symptoms are easily overlooked or attributed to a hectic lifestyle, potentially masking more profound health concerns.

Expert Insights and the Role of Supplements:
Samantha Greener emphasizes the cost-effectiveness and widespread availability of vitamin D supplements, asserting their safety when taken as recommended. As a proactive measure, she encourages individuals to incorporate these supplements into their daily routine, especially during seasons of diminished sunlight.

Six Telltale Signs You’re Deficient In Vitamin D:

Fatigue: Feeling unusually tired or lethargic can be an early sign of a vitamin D deficiency, significantly reducing energy levels and potentially causing sleep problems.

Bone and Lower Back Pain: Vitamin D deficiency weakens bones due to its close association with calcium absorption, often manifesting as pain, particularly in weight-bearing bones like the spine.

Muscle Aches: Essential for optimal muscle function, vitamin D regulates muscle contraction and relaxation, preventing unnecessary strain. Deficiency may lead to increased inflammation, contributing to muscle pain.

Frequent Illness: Crucial for immune system support, vitamin D deficiency increases susceptibility to colds, infections, and the flu, potentially contributing to frequent illnesses.

Hair Loss: Inadequate vitamin D levels disrupt the normal function of keratinocytes, affecting the natural hair growth cycle and leading to reduced growth and increased shedding.

Impaired Wound Healing: Vitamin D is vital for tissue repair and regeneration; delayed wound healing may indicate insufficient vitamin D levels.

Understanding the prevalence, importance, and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency is essential for maintaining overall health. By staying vigilant and incorporating supplements when necessary, individuals can proactively address potential deficiencies and promote their well-being, especially during seasons of reduced sunlight exposure.


H&H Team Share Their Biggest Beauty Moments of 2023

As the year draws to a close, we thought it the perfect time to reflect on the biggest beauty moments of 2023. From the treatments that kept our skin and minds in check to the best new launches and iconic celebrity moments, there was a lot to celebrate in the beauty world. 

Here’s what team Hip & Healthy had to say…

Sadie Reid – Founder


The new beauty product that made my year…

The CurrentBody LED mask. I never thought I’d be one for a beauty tool, but I Love this mask with a capital L. It reduces blemishes and, if I do get them, it helps them heal faster. It’s also just really relaxing to wear and it gives me ten minutes of screen-free time with no guilt, which I know sounds utterly ridiculous!

The beauty treatment that got me through 2023…

This is appalling, especially for a wellness editor like me, but I haven’t actually had a beauty treatment this year. I need to book one in pronto. My poor face!

The most memorable celebrity beauty moment of the year was…

I love the partnership between Cannary and Claudia Winkleman. I think she’s fantastic. She is unashamedly herself and I see that as the ultimate self-love. I particularly love the way she looks at ageing – it’s inevitable and she’s excited about it. Winkleman also launched her own lip balm with Cannary (amongst a few other products), but it’s the lip balm I love the most as it’s brilliant and I feel her signature pale lip is so iconic.

The beauty tip I learned this year that’s forever changed my life…

Face Yoga. I learnt it from yoga guru and model Laura Dodd as she did a partnership with KAMA Ayurveda, which incorporated a face yoga sequence. It brings all the blood to the surface of the skin and gives you a lovely, dewy glow. As for the long-term effects, I’m hoping for a sharper jawline and fewer wrinkles. I’ll let you know how I get on…

My beauty resolution for the year ahead is… 

To embrace ageing. I’ll be turning 39 in 2024 and there really is no hiding from it. I love to look after myself, however, I no longer want to run away entirely from ageing. I’d rather see each new wrinkle or crease as a mark of a good night or a bit of wisdom I have gained over the years. It really is a privilege to be heading towards my 40s and I am excited for what the next year will bring. 

Molly Jennings – Managing Editor


The new beauty product that made my year…

I started Skin + Me in January this year and it’s been the best thing I’ve done for my skin. I suffer from mild rosacea, so their in-house dermatologists considered my very delicate skin type when formulating my own unique skincare blend and it’s dramatically reduced my redness and bumpy texture. I think everyone could benefit from Skin + Me. They have access to prescription-grade topicals that you can’t get on the high street and it will totally transform your skin no matter your concern. Big, big fan!

The beauty treatment that got me through 2023…

I don’t indulge in treatments regularly but one thing that never fails to make me feel good is getting my nails done at Townhouse. It’s my absolute favourite place to go for a little hand pampering. All their technicians are incredible and it’s such a lovely atmosphere. The salons are so chic, and it feels like a real treat when you’re there. Shout out to Patricia at the Wimbledon salon who is wonderful!

My most memorable celebrity beauty moment this year…

I’ve always been a less is more kind of girl when it comes to makeup, so I LOVED when Pamela Anderson went to Paris Fashion Week sans makeup this year. It felt so good to see someone embrace natural beauty and really celebrate it. It was incredibly refreshing to see her bare-faced and confident in a world where airbrushing, highly contoured, heavy makeup is the norm.

The beauty tip I learned this year that’s forever changed my life…

I’ve come to fully accept that fragrance in skincare is a big no-no for me. For anyone who has sensitive skin or is prone to rosacea, please stop using products that contain fragrance! I’ve learnt from top dermatologists that fragrance and perfumes can be very sensitising, and sadly that even goes for “natural” fragrance like essential oils. I battled with this for a long time because smell is such an important sense for me, and it does make skincare kind of boring without it. But my final flare-up in January this year, after trying a new (and totally gorgeous!) product, was the final nail in the coffin. My weapons of choice are Skin + Me, Avene, and Dr Sam’s. 

My beauty resolution for the year ahead…

I had to think about this one! To be honest, simplicity and consistency are my main goals for next year. I have more goals than resolutions, and one is to get my rosacea to a really good management phase so I’m able to introduce more actives. I’d love to be able to use something like vitamin C, but it can be quite a strong topical to adjust to for sensitive skins. While my skin is a lot calmer and happier now than it was a year ago, I’d like to brighten my complexion and boost radiance. I’d love to be able to dabble in a gentle retinol too, but I think I might need a good dermatologist to guide me through that!

Frankie Rozwadowska – Beauty Editor


The new beauty product that made my year…

Forest Essentials finally came to the UK this year, opening its gorgeous store in Covent Garden. To say I was excited was a huge understatement. I first discovered the brand and its incredible Ayurvedic beauty products in Delhi nearly 14 years ago, and I’d ask anyone travelling to India to bring me back one of their natural creams, mists, or masks. This year they launched the 24-karat gold infused ‘Transformative Soundarya Night Cream’, and it hooked me from the off. Packed with powerful Ayurvedic herbs, antioxidants, and pure gold extracts, I wake up with super soft skin that’s visibly smoother and glowing. 

The beauty treatment that got me through 2023…

You’d think as a beauty editor that I’d spend my days swanning around spas lounging around in robes, right? Wrong. As a working mum with two very little ones, my current self-care routine is almost non-existent. I’m lucky if I get to shower. Which is why Urban changed my life. At the touch of a button, I can book a top-notch masseuse to come to my house, set up a massage bed, put on a calming soundtrack, and pummel and knead my stress away. Even better? I can roll straight into bed after. Game-changer.

The most memorable celebrity beauty moment of the year…

Huda and Mona Kattan donating $1 million from their portfolio of Huda Beauty brands to humanitarian organisations in Gaza. The way they’ve been using their platforms to educate and spread awareness has been nothing less than incredible and inspiring.

The beauty tip I learned this year that’s forever changed my life…

This year I was lucky enough to meet amazing celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel (aka Charlize Theron, Anne Hathaway, and Sienna Miller’s go-to guy) and to have my hair done by balayage guru Limoz Logli. They both gave me the same advice that’s totally transformed my hair, and that’s if you want to add depth and make your hair look thicker and fuller (who doesn’t?) then you need to add lowlights as well as highlights. I’ve done balayage for years, but I have very fine, flat locks. Just by adding a few pieces of a darker tone truer to your natural colour, you’ll create more dimension. If you’ve been sticking to only highlights for years, this may sound daunting, but trust me – your hair will look amazing!

My beauty resolution for the year ahead is… 

To make the time for tools. I developed pretty bad melasma during my pregnancies, and while it’s definitely gone down, I know there’s so much more I can do to treat it. The problem (as I mentioned before), is time. I can’t go for laser facials every month, as much as need/want to. But I’ve just got my hands on the LYMA laser, and I can’t wait to incorporate it into my routine. The beauty of it being that it actually works (the results speak for themselves when it comes to tone, texture, and signs of ageing), and I can use it while catching up on The Crown. Win-win.

Isabelle Shury – Content + Creative Designer


The new beauty product that made my year…

K18Hair recently launched in the UK and nothing has transformed my hair like this range. The ‘Molecular Repair Hair Oil’ gives my hair a new sleekness I didn’t know was possible. If you’re a frizzy-haired girl, you’ll be blown away by the result!

The beauty treatment that got me through 2023…

It’s so hard to pick just one as this year I’ve been experimenting with treatments and the payoff has exceeded expectations! But if I had to choose, it would be the SKINWORK Healthy + Hydrated facial. Using all the gizmos and gadgets as well as manual facial techniques, it boasts everything I look for in a facial. It’s results-driven and divinely indulgent.

The most memorable celebrity beauty moment of the year…

It’s got to be Hailey Bieber’s glazed doughnut skincare routine for me. In fact, HB has dominated 2023 with the launch of her much-anticipated skincare makeup fusion, Rhode. Bringing her signature ‘clean girl’ aesthetic to the masses, everyone who’s into beauty has been drenching their skin in the cult Peptide Glazing Fluid, which gives that signature glazed finish, while glossing their lips with the Peptide Lip Treatment.

The beauty tip I learned this year that’s forever changed my life…

This year I’ve had to say goodbye to my beloved lash extensions, the upkeep was just too time-consuming. After feeling rather bare, a friend recommended the DIY lash kit from Lashify. The application takes a bit of practice as it uses a technique that sticks under the lash line to give the most flawless finish, but honestly, they look as good as individual extensions. They’re so natural, last around five days, and are a way more affordable option.

My beauty resolution for the year ahead is… 

Stay as far away from ultra-processed foods as I can and support my gut health. There is no doubt that beauty starts from within. When I’m eating a whole-food diet, my skin thrives, so I plan to steer away from anything artificial or high in refined sugar as much as possible. To give me a helping hand, I can’t wait to try out You’re Looking Well – the new skincare meets supplements brand that bridges the gap between skin and gut health.

Louise Afpetersens – Partnerships Director


The new beauty product that made my year…

Any new launch by de Mamiel is always going to be a big winner for me. I love their products and philosophy, and this year they launched the ‘Brightening Cleansing Oil and ‘Multi-Active Hydra Mist’, both of which are now firmly part of my beauty routine. The cleansing oil boosts my skins radiance and is the perfect way to start the day, while the mist is so hydrating and full of hyaluronic acid, which is ideal for my dry, tired skin. 

The beauty treatment that got me through 2023…

I have to say Botox. Due to all the negative connotations it’s treatment I never thought I would try, but I really was amazed at the confidence boost it gave me when I first tried it in February this year. At 39 my skin was “good”, but the wrinkles on my forehead were really bringing me down. I now get a small amount of Botox done semi-regularly and I really love the way this has changed the way I feel. 

The most memorable celebrity beauty moment of the year was…

This is a tough one but one of my celebrity icons is Zoë Kravitz – I just love her super cool style and natural beauty. At the spring/summer 2024 Saint Laurent show she brought back her micro bangs while keeping the rest of her look simple and natural with strong eyebrows and nude lipstick. She just looked incredible. 

The beauty tip I learned this year that’s forever changed my life…

Keep it simple. I felt the need to add more products to my beauty routine as I really thought more is more and that I needed to use everything and anything to maintain a youthful glow and to keep my skin looking even while feeling hydrated. But it turns out all I was doing was clogging my skin with too many products. So now I’m focusing on using just a few key ingredients to help boost my skin. Stripping things back and keeping it simple has definitely made all the difference. 

My beauty resolution for the year ahead is… 

Wear SPF! I always have good intentions when it comes to SPF, and as someone who loves skincare and has a big focus on trying to keep my skin looking its very best, it’s shocking that I don’t use SPF daily. Having been told off multiple times by many amazing beauty therapists, I have made it my resolution to incorporate the right SPF into my daily routine and to find one that doesn’t feel like sun cream but feels more like part of my skincare regime.


Illuminate Your Wellbeing: A Blissful Retreat on Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas

Embark on a journey of self-discovery and rejuvenation at the exclusive ‘Illumination Retreat’ on the breathtaking Kamalame Cay in the Bahamas. Nestled on a pristine 3km stretch of white sand, this barefoot chic, luxury retreat offers a unique blend of fitness elevation, calming experiences, and holistic restoration. Immerse yourself in an oasis of wellness that promises to leave you glowing from the inside out.

The Enchanting Location

Discover the allure of Kamalame Cay, a multi-award-winning haven for those seeking the perfect balance of serenity and adventure. Your private cottage, nestled amidst swaying coconut trees, provides an intimate escape on this idyllic island. The beauty of the surroundings enhances the immersive experience, offering a sense of tranquillity that becomes the backdrop for your transformative journey.

Tailored Wellness Experience

At the heart of the Illumination Retreat is a commitment to providing a personalised and seamless experience. Expertly curated sessions take place on a beautiful deck overlooking the ocean, where the gentle lap of the waves becomes a soothing accompaniment to your wellness journey. Every detail is considered to ensure your retreat is precisely tailored to meet your individual needs.

A Day of Radiance

Awaken your senses with a morning routine designed to kickstart your day on a positive note. A refreshing ginger shot precedes an invigorating session of Yoga or Pilates against the backdrop of the ocean. Breakfast on your private balcony offers a moment of tranquil reflection.

As the day unfolds, engage in dynamic mid-morning movement sessions, followed by a delightful lunch by the ocean. Embrace some ‘me-time,’ allowing the soothing sounds of nature to guide your thoughts. Indulge in massage therapy and one-on-one sessions with our wellness experts to address your specific goals and concerns.

As the sun begins to set, partake in restful meditation or a stretching session, preparing your body and mind for a serene evening. Enjoy a candlelit dinner under the stars, savouring both the culinary delights and the beauty of the night sky.

The Silver Lining Experience

This retreat not only focuses on physical well-being but also encourages you to find your “Silver Lining.” Whether it’s a moment of clarity during meditation, the joy of a sunset over the creek, or the profound satisfaction of a day well spent, the Illumination Retreat invites you to discover the positive aspects of your journey.

Book here.


Christmas Stress – How To “Let It Go” This Festive Season

Christmas is almost upon us and, if you take your cue from TV-ads, you’d think everyone was absolutely thrilled about that. However, the chances are that there’s a part of you that’s a bit nervous because, in reality, the expectations we place on Christmas, and the pressure it puts on our relationships, can be massive. Whether you’re attending or hosting a family Christmas, or planning to avoid it altogether, here are some tips for managing your Christmas stress more effectively this year:

1. Christmas is the perfect storm when it comes to emotions: people are tired, away from their home environment (or have guests), there’s a lot of rich food and alcohol, a huge expectation of ‘fun’ and ‘togetherness’ – not to mention the old ‘family buttons’ waiting to go off at a moments notice. Add all these factors together, and the chances are that something or someone’s going to have a wobble. It’s not the end of the world if it does; the trick is not to overreact. Keep an eye on your feelings and if you notice that you’re getting wound up, step outside or pop into the bathroom and take ten mindful breaths: focus on the feeling of the breath as it comes in and flows out; notice the feeling of your stomach rising and falling. Once you feel like you’re really ‘in’ your body again (rather than going ‘out’ of your mind), you can rejoin the fun!

2. The pressure to ‘conform’ at Christmas can be really challenging if you’re single, divorced, childless, without family or estranged from your family. It can be easy to feel oppressed and alienated by the status quo, especially as Christmas now seems to start on November 6th! If you’re feeling ‘left out’ or the family oddball, it’s important to get some perspective on your situation and not allow yourself to feel victimised. The media portrayal of Christmas is a fantasy that, in reality, exists in very few homes, and the fact is that nobody can make you feel like an ‘oddball’ without your permission.

3. The social pressure to overextend yourself financially at Christmas is very strong. Your relationship with money is one that comes under a lot of stress at Christmas, and you may find that a lot of old unconscious patterns get played out in this arena. When you add that to competition dynamics between siblings, wanting to impress your parents, or trying to give your children ‘a good Christmas’ to make up for a relationship breakdown, things can spiral out of control quite easily. This year, see if you can bring your awareness to your relationship with money, and try and make it a healthier one. A calm and loving Christmas is the one that will be remembered fondly, not the one where the most debt was incurred.

4. Bringing together your extended family for a few days sometimes feels more like a psychology experiment than a good idea for a party!  Depending on your family, the chances are that some of you are more psychologically mature than others because psychological maturity is not something that comes with the length of life, but the depth of it.  Grandparents are just as capable of behaving like children as anyone else, particularly when they don’t get their own way! All families are ‘systems’ and each person in the family plays a role. This year, try to see if you can feel when you’re moving into that role, and work out whether it’s really ‘you’ anymore… Just one person shifting their awareness to a higher level, and refusing to ‘buy into’ the family dynamic, can help everyone remain in a more adult frame of mind. Be the change you wish to see, and see what changes…

5. No matter what’s going on around you, keeping yourself physically and mentally healthy during Christmas will reap huge rewards. If you’re planning to have a blow-out on Christmas lunch, be aware that the sugar-crash in the afternoon after it is likely to lead to a lot of frayed tempers. Add to that the exhaustion of the hosts and cooks, and the effects of alcohol, and there’s a strong possibility that someone will lose it. The best thing to do is to get out of the house and go for a walk – the exercise will help you physically and emotionally and you won’t be around when someone wakes up grumpy as hell from their post-lunch nap with a hangover and sugar-crash!  In fact, the more people you can persuade outdoors for a walk, the better.

By having a healthier perspective on Christmas this year, you stand a greater chance of creating happy memories for all of you. Dial down your expectations, and dial-up your compassion for yourself and for others on this stressful day. Whatever your family dynamics, you can make it a more enjoyable Christmas for yourself and whoever is around you by being aware of your feelings, and managing them intelligently.

Peace and goodwill to all men. That includes yourself, and even your annoying relatives.


Read more: 6 Ways To Boost Your Gut Health Before Christmas


Fruity Festive Pavlova

This delicious Fruity Festive Pavlova is flavoured with toasted hazelnuts and has the texture and flavour of Italian nougat. It’s topped with orange-infused mascarpone and decorated with roasted seasonal fruits and pomegranate seeds. The perfect festive dessert.

INGREDIEENTS

50g chopped blanched hazelnuts

4 egg whites

280g caster sugar

1tsp cream of tartar

3 figs

1/3 punnet red grapes

2 clementines, cut into wedges

2 cinnamon sticks

3 star anise

2tbsp light brown sugar

250g mascarpone

1tbsp icing sugar

1tsp vanilla essence or paste

Grated zest 1 clementine

100g pomegranate seeds

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 140C/fan 120C/gas 1. Place the hazelnuts in a roasting tin and toast for 10 minutes until golden. Roughly chop.

Place the egg whites in a large clean bowl and start to whisk until frothy. Slowly, whisking all the time, add the sugar a tablespoon at a time until you end up with a thick, glossy meringue. Fold in the cream of tartar and the chopped hazelnuts.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and draw a circle measuring about 21cm and then a smaller circle in the middle measuring 6cm to create a wreath shape. Spoon the meringue onto the wreath circle, piling it up to create peaks. Bake for 1 hour in the oven and then turn of the heat and allow to cool completely in the oven.

When ready to decorate remove the meringue wreath from the oven and turn the heat back up to 180C/fan/160C/gas 4. Arrange the fruit in a roasting tin with the cinnamon and star anise and brown sugar and roast for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix the mascarpone with the icing sugar and clementine zest and spoon over the meringue wreath. Top with the roasted fruits and finish with a generous sprinkling of pomegranate seeds.

Recipe by Poppin Poms


The Online Doctor Revolutionising Healthcare

& Making Seeking Medical Advice And Treatment Easy

In an era where convenience is queen and time is of the essence, the advent of online doctors has truly been a game-changer for health-conscious women everywhere. Among the options at our fingertips, one name stands out as a beacon of reliability and service excellence: LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor. Say goodbye to long waiting times and impossible to get hold of doctors appointments – LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor will change the way you seek your medical advice. Working with NHS-experienced clinicians, you’ll be able to receive the right treatment and advice when you need it and from the comfort of your own home. Order online for contraception, STI tests and more, with next day delivery to your door, you just have to confirm suitability by processing a simple and discreet online consultation. And that’s why it is trusted by over two million people in the UK.

How LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor works:

  1. Go to the website and complete a simple online consultation.
  2. A clinician will review your consultation and will notify you by email when your suitability is confirmed.
  3. Choose to deliver your medication to your door or pick-up from over 7000 convenient locations. The packaging is always plain and unbranded.

A Prescription for Peace of Mind

First and foremost, what sets LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor apart is its unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of its customers. With a history spanning over 20 years, their reputation for trustworthiness and professionalism is unparalleled. This track record assures us that our health is in good hands, even in the digital realm. They recognise the unique healthcare needs of women and cater to them comprehensively. They offer advice and treatment after a consultation for a range of needs from contraception (routine or emergency) to Female hair loss and period delay. Or whether you’re seeking expert guidance on family planning, menstrual health, or hormonal changes, LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor has your back.

User-Friendly and Intuitive

The user experience on the platform is smooth and intuitive. Completing a consultation takes around 5 minutes, where you can share your health concerns, and access your medical records. Then within 30 minutes (Mon-Sun 9am-5pm), one of their NHS experienced clinicians confirms your suitability and notifies you by email. Whether you’re a tech-savvy millennial or a digital novice, LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor makes the process of managing your health uncomplicated and approachable whatever your issue or condition is to help you get advice and treatment quickly.

Personalised Wellness

Next is their commitment to individualised care sets it apart. When a prescription is necessary, LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor ensures your medications are delivered to your doorstep or can be collected from over 7,000 convenient locations. No more rushing to the pharmacy, waiting in lines, or running out of essential medications. This is healthcare that understands the demands of your daily life, empowering us to make informed decisions about our health and wellbeing and get advice and the medicine at the time we need it.

Reliable Delivery

When it comes to health, time is often of the essence. LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor recognises this and offers both standard and next day delivery that’s swift and dependable. You’ll receive your prescription quickly, which is a relief when waiting for essential medications or health-related products.

Safety and Security

LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor prioritises the safety and privacy of your personal information and health data. Their website is secure and compliant with data protection regulations, ensuring that your health journey is kept confidential and secure. LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor is also regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) so you can rest assured that the service you receive will be outstanding.

Common conditions LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor can treat:

Get Leading Advice on Birth Control: Find out which method of birth control is right for you with one of their online consultations. You can get clinician-approved contraceptive pills (like the combined pill) or other birth control methods (like the patch or the vaginal ring) in a few simple steps.

Need Emergency Contraception? LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor makes it easy to request the morning after pill online when you need it, available for next day delivery  – no appointment needed.

Is it Sexual Health Advice You’re After? STI testing and treatment is available at the click of a few buttons.

They can also help with a range of other female health issues such as: Hair loss, Period delay, Cystitis, Acne and Excess facial hair. Visit LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor today to bring your healthcare into your own hands! 

But Don’t Just Take Our Word For It…What the customers are saying:

Rated: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Excellent service.

‘I had a great experience, after waiting for a week for my doctors to get back to me, I decided to buy my contraceptive pill. I filled out the online consultation and I was prescribed my contraception the same day and it was delivered the very next day. Now I don’t have to worry about it for another 12 months.’

Visit https://onlinedoctor.lloydspharmacy.com/


“Coming Off The Pill: Why I Tested My Hormones?”

I set out to take autonomy over my body this year and it’s been one heck of a journey so far. I’m 26 and have been on the pill since my teens. After a decade of various forms of contraception, including the injection and countless different pills being my chosen options, I finally decided it was time to step away from the hormones. At the mere age of 15, I had little knowledge of what a hormone even was. Now, well into my 20s, I came to the realisation that my body was being influenced by the synthetic hormones I was taking. Mood swings, weight gain, acne, and irregular bleeding came part and parcel with the contraceptive injection and the pill in my experience. I deemed my erratic emotional fluctuations the norm, and let’s face it, I knew no different. 

In January of this year, I took the plunge into the great unknown and finally called it quits with the contraceptive pill. Miraculously my skin transformed, to the point where I very rarely get a spot these days. I had taken the pill to help with these symptoms, but it turned out to be the cause all along!

It dawned on me that 6 months had passed since I came off the pill and I was yet to have a period. I was aware it can take a few months for your cycle to regulate after weaning off contraception, so there were no major alarm bells going off in my head at this point. I simply left it and hoped my period would arrive soon enough. When it hit 8 months, I thought it may be best I speak to my GP about this issue and thank god I booked that appointment. After a lot of back and forth, I was booked in for an ultrasound to scan my ovaries. Low and behold, I’m in the 1 in 10 women that have PCOS. 

With no obvious symptoms, this was news to me. I was familiar with PCOS, with two of my best friends also in the same position, but it came as complete shock that I had been blissfully unaware of this hormonal imbalance in my own body. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine and metabolic disorders which can cause a whole host of symptoms, from irregular periods to acne, excessive hair growth, weight gain and fertility issues.

With this new diagnosis, I left my GP appointment feeling deflated to hear that they recommend I start taking the pill again to regulate my periods. If women go for long stints (nearly a year in my case) with no bleeding the lining of the uterus can become too thick, which puts you at risk of endometrial cancer. This is typically when doctors recommend the pill or a form of hormone called medroxyprogesterone to trigger a withdrawal bleed, or induced period. After the hellish experience I’d had with the pill, and any form of synthetic hormones for that matter, I personally don’t wish to give my body any further synthetic hormones, and I do not wish to go through that rollercoaster of a journey with my skin again.

In a bid to take matters into my own hands, I’ve turned to Hertility to delve a little deeper and get a better picture of what is going on inside my body. The Hormone & Fertility Test is a comprehensive online health assessment which has been revolutionary in the healthtech, fertility, and reproductive health space. Setting out on a mission to deliver first-class women health assistance, without any faff or red tape, Hertility’s award-winning at-home Hormone and Fertility Testing screens for up to 10 hormones and 18 health conditions, to give you an insight into any hormone imbalances, assess your egg reserve, and check for warning signs of infertility. Years of research into reproductive health and hormones has gone into Hertility’s clinically validated diagnostic solution that is generated by ingenious algorithms to provide unique answers to every one. From a PCOS diagnosis, to detecting early menopause, and even fast-tracked access to pelvic ultrasounds, the testing is thorough and the best part is you can test from the comfort of your own home using the blood collection kit, sent straight to your door without a GP referral, with results in as little as 10 days.

From a personal standpoint, I’m so intrigued to see the hormonal panel which lays out clearly my hormonal levels across the board, as this isn’t given at the GP. With this information, I’ll be able to chat to their expert team of specialists to see what the next steps for me will be. The Hertility website is a foundation of knowledge on all matters women’s health, which I’ve been utilising to get up to scratch on all the various terminologies so I’m more clued in on what my results will mean when I receive them. Follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinising hormone, oestradiol and prolactin are all words I have now added to my vocabulary. 

My main concern and the question that often keeps me up at night is ‘will I be able to have children’. I have always envisioned my life with kids, so you can imagine the intrusive thoughts that enter your head after nearly a year of not ovulating. Hertility gives you access to fertility advisors to help you navigate fertility services, and to understand treatments without a GP referral.

Hertility also has a plethora of clinical services including next day appointments with leading Private Gynaecologists, Fertility Advisors, Fertility Nutritionists and Fertility Counsellors, plus fast-tracked referrals to vetted clinics offering a pelvic ultrasound scanning and egg-freezing. Appointments are done online, taking all the hassle out of the process.

It’s worth mentioning that although I do suffer with PCOS, you don’t need to be somebody with a hormonal imbalance to utilise Hertility. Whatever stage you’re at, whether you’re still on the pill, you’ve just come off, you’ve never used it, you’re entering perimenopause, or you’re in menopause, Hertility is an invaluable tool that empowers all women with insights into their body.

Bringing cutting edge reproductive science out of the lab and into the hands of every single woman world-wide, Hertility are setting a new standard for female health. Discovering Hertility has thrown me a lifeline when I need it the most. At a time that I felt rather hopeless, this is the service I need to help me learn more about my body and how to navigate PCOS, gaining awareness for my individual needs, and to hopefully get my cycle back. The female body is beautifully intricate, and Hertility is the tool to help me learn more about yourself.

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Beauty & Wellness Level Up: Lou Talks Turning 40

Eeeek I am turning 40 this month! I can’t actually believe I am nearing this pivotal moment in life, but I find myself feeling more excited than anxious about it. I think my 40’s is going to be my decade so I am thrilled to celebrate this milestone with my friends and family. I wanted to celebrate this birthday by doing something special with my son to mark the occasion, a small dinner hosted by my parents in Sussex as well as a big family lunch. 

Here is what I am doing to mark the day but also how I am prepping to look and feel my very best ahead of the big day. 

Party Prepping

I really want to look my best for my birthday so I have decided to take some time to indulge myself with some lovely treatments as I always find when I look my best, I feel my best. 

HIFU Skin Treatment – Skin Studio 

I love the Skin Studio, it’s the most gorgeous salon in Parsons Green and an extension of Blush and Blow, where I have been a loyal customer for many years. I was so excited to get the chance to try a HIFU Treatment, also known as “lunch-time facelift” – Yes please! The high-intensity focused ultrasound targets deep in the SMAS layer, which immediately contracts to tighten and lift. As the skin’s healing response is triggered the skin naturally lifts and tightens over time with full effects after 12 weeks, although I definitely noticed some immediate benefits. I was a little nervous as HIFU can be a little uncomfortable, but it really wasn’t and I am so excited to see the full results in a few weeks time.

Here are 3 of my favourite party prep treatments I rate for any occasion…

Brow Tinting

The day I realised that eyebrows really do frame your face, I was hooked. It is the easiest and most discreet way to add real impact.

Manicure 

Is there anything that makes you feel more put together than a manicure? Townhouse really is the place to get it done for a flawless treatment and experience you are guaranteed to love.

Lash Dream Lash Lift and Tint  

This treatment helps to open your eyes, brighten your face and deliver a naturally fluttery lash line. And the best part, it means you can focus less on your makeup on the day but have the best lashes.


Marking my 40th with my son at ArtHub London

I have always loved art and collecting pieces with my husband has been one of our favourite things to do when we bought our flat together, so the family art session at Arthub London felt like an amazing way to mark my 40th. The Family Art Session was honestly the best way to spend some time together but also create a special piece we can treasure together. It is a completely unique experience with the lovely Adrienne who helps you create a large-scale canvas which is so totally unique to you. She is amazing and getting the little ones involved and encourages you in the best possible way. I cannot wait to frame it and hang it on our walls.

5 of my favourite products for getting ready at home… 

Silk’n LED Mask – To get a Glow

Merit Day Glow – To add a bit of sparkle

The Light Salon Sheet Mask – For radiant skin 

T3 Volumizing Hot Rollers – For instant volume 

TOCU About Last Night – To aid recovery


What’s New In The World Of Wellness This December

As 2023 draws to a close, there are still plenty of exciting launches in the world of wellness, a new Ayurvedic store opening, the matcha brand shaking up your mornings, French skincare we’re obsessed with, new classes from our favourite Pilates studio, frozen meals to keep on nourished and much more! Fuelling your need for wellbeing during the festive season, these launches are rounding off what has been another epic year in the evergrowing landscape of health and wellness.

The Surrey Based Pilates Studio

In the leafy suburb of East Molesey, Bondi Rise is the new Pilates studio that brings a sunny slice of the Aussie lifestyle to Surrey. Just a stone’s throw away from Hampton Court Palace, the space houses two studios; one dedicated to Reformer and another for mat-based classes. Catering to all levels and ages, the invigorating classes are crafted to enhance strength, flexibility, and overall alignment. Equipped with state-of-the-art Balance Body Reformers, these intimate sessions accommodate a maximum of five participants, ensuring precise form and individual attention. The ‘Bondi Rise & Align’ class is tailored for those striving to refine their form with precision and control, while ‘Bondi Rise & Elevate’ amps up the intensity to elevate heart rates for a sculpting full-body burn. For a lively cardio experience, ‘Bondi Rise & Jump’ incorporates a jump board and is expertly led by studio founder Lottie. Don’t overlook the Mat Pilates Sculpt, which delivers a comprehensive full-body workout targeting intricate muscle groups—proving that effectiveness doesn’t rely on fancy equipment. The timetable also features Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, barre, and pre/post-natal classes, ensuring a well-rounded mix of low-impact options.

The Matcha Of The Moment

Power duo Rochelle Humes and Bryony Deery launched their much-anticipated matcha brand, Cloudcha! Fueled by their shared passion for health and wellness, they’ve brewed up something special with this delightful ceremonial-grade blend that celebrates the ritual behind matcha to add a little spark to your morning. Ethically sourced, this matcha powder isn’t your average pick-me-up, it gives a zenful energy without the unwanted side effects of typical caffeine fixes. Sourced from the Matcha capital of the world, Uji, Kyoto, the powder undergoes a traditional artisanal roasting technique to deliver the best results and flavour. Demystifying the art of matcha mastery, Cloudcha spills the tea on crafting homebrews that actually taste divine. Elevating your at-home matcha game, they created the ultimate tea set for seamless blending and a ceramic pot that sits beautifully on your kitchen counter. 

The French Nutri-Beauty Skincare

Our ears pricked up when we learnt about a beauty elixir that you can use topically and orally…the French-born brand behind the ingenious Phyto Oil is Ulé. Combining the minds of doctors, botanists, nutritionists and scientists, Ulé set out on a mission to create skincare that is natural, effective and thoroughly restorative. The coined term, ‘beauty starts from within’ has been adopted in nutrient-rich skincare and supplements, blended to work in synergy with the biological structure of the skin using a patented extract, the Pure 3otany™ Blend. From the traceable ingredients to the dermatological control testing and eco-packaging, there are no cutting corners when it comes to efficacy at Ulé. Aside from its fresh pastel bottles that we love, the clinically proven results speak volumes about the range. Top picks include Fraîche Cloud, the Ultra-Moisturizing Water Cream and, as mentioned, Avoir it All, the In & Out Nurturing Phyto Oil.

Three New Classes At Heartcore

Heartcore has unveiled a trio of fresh mat-based experiences into their class line-up at the Bayswater studio. Crave that deep, rewarding burn that the Reformer gives? Well, these new sessions guarantee that signature Heartcore buzz will be ignited, by transitioning the key elements onto the mat. Infrared heating warms up your muscles in the beautifully decked-out studio, soundtracked by a curated playlist to get you in the zone. HOTM Strength promises tangible results, building both physical strength and mental resilience through functional movements that sculpt and reshape your body. HOTM Cardio is a dynamic full-body workout interwoven with intentional moments of low-impact cardio, conditioning your body and giving your metabolism a boost. HOTM Flow offers a fluid full-body experience, enhancing flexibility, balance, body awareness, and core strength. This class is your ticket to releasing tension and achieving seamless alignment between mind and body.

The Recovery Suite

London’s premium gym BXR Marylebone just got an upgrade, unveiling its cutting-edge recovery suite. Where innovation meets rejuvenation, BXR Labs provides a new approach to holistic wellness for those looking to optimise recovery and elevate overall performance. The state-of-the-art facilities showcase a rejuvenating ice bath and infrared sauna, used in synergy hot-cold therapy is hailed for rapidly benefiting the recovery process. Ice bathing has become a phenomenon with health enthusiasts plunging into low temperatures, BXR Labs ice baths sit at a cool 6°C degree to reduce muscle inflammation. The advanced infrared sauna relaxes muscles, improves circulation and aids detoxification, reaching temperatures of 80°C. Post-session, book a slot to give your body the TLC it needs for optimal performance.

The Plant-Based Recipe Kit

The supermarkets still seem behind when it comes to convenient meals that aren’t laden with unwanted ingredients. On a mission to change this, Grubby is rolling out their plant-based recipe kit at Tesco, with everything you need to whip up a super tasty, nutritious meat-free dish. For context, Grubby is the vegan recipe box delivery that celebrates the joy of cooking food from scratch, without the need for any brainpower. Their plant-based recipes are far from mundane, inspired by a multitude of cuisines that pack flavour and the best part is, all 200 recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes. In the aisles of Tesco, you’ll find the Aubergine Thai Green Curry, Curried Coconut Dahl and our personal favourite, Crispy Gnocchi Puttanesca, ideal for those evenings when you have nothing in the fridge. Whether you order directly from Grubby and get a chance to chef up (without the need for any culinary flare) with their mouth-watering selection of recipes or you grab a recipe kit from Tesco, we can attest you’ll love Grubby’s spin on dinnertime.

Wimbledon Welcomes a New Health Club

Luxury fitness and health club Third Space opens its doors to its ninth club in Wimbledon. Elevating training and recovery to a premium standard, the new outpost welcomes world-class fitness and wellness, with the help of industry-leading professionals. The gym floor is one of the best you’ll find in London, complete with The Yard, a double-height cross-functional training area. Housing a wellness sanctuary, complete with a plunge pool for immersive cold water therapy, bespoke heated loungers, a traditional hot and dry Finnish sauna and a hot and wet Loyly sauna, Third Space has pushed the boundaries with these state-of-the-art facilities. Expect all the classes Third Space is renowned for, including The WOD, Afterburner and Sweat X, as well as Reformer Pilates, a first for across all clubs. 

The Outdoor Micro-Gym

Venture into the great outdoors with Swing Fitness, pioneering a fresh and innovative approach to outdoor workouts! Their multifunctional boxes contain a curated selection of dumbbells and kettlebells. The box itself transforms into a versatile bench or step, adding a dynamic element to your alfresco exercise. In the early stages of their journey, Swing has strategically placed nine boxes across London’s parks and green spaces. Seamlessly integrating technology, simply download the app to locate your nearest Swing Box, unlocking it with a QR code, akin to the simplicity of E-bike rentals. Promoting inclusivity, Swing Box is not only a game-changer but also free for all to use. Witness the evolution of this initiative in the capital, as Swing Fitness redefines accessible and engaging fitness.

The Wholesome Meals On Wheel

B Corp wellness catering company, Pow Food have launched a selection of chef-prepared and nutritious ready meals. Delivered to your door, convenience is key with these meals which tick all the boxes for a delicious, wholesome and nourishing meal.  The ‘Handmade Complete Meals’ have been fine-tuned by nutritionists to contain no refined carbohydrates and are naturally gluten and dairy-free, plus contain adaptogens to promote wellbeing. Partnering with small British farms and suppliers to source only the best ingredients, Pow Food’s Handmade Complete Meals are ideal for stocking your freezer with this season for those evenings that you need a lifeline. Our top picks include the award-winning Fish Pie, Free-Range-Chicken Tapenade and Golden Goan Fish Curry.

The Non-Alcoholic Bitters

Ben Branson, the pioneer in distilled non-alcoholic spirits and mind behind Seedlip, is set to revolutionise the adult drinks industry once again with the launch of seasn. The latest venture is an independent brand featuring a compelling duo of 0.0% cocktail bitters that promise both delectable and intense flavours. seasn endeavours to reshape the landscape of the long-established, monopolised cocktail bitters category, pushing it beyond its conventional role as a bartender’s secret. With seasn LIGHT and seasn DARK, you can elevate your tipple of choose whether it be a non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage.

The Regime For Glowing Skin

Joining the dots between gut health and skin health, You’re Looking Well is an all-new wellness club! Founding duo, Joe Bloomfield and Anthony Plom have taken an unconventional route into the beauty industry with a background as research analysts, but in a bid to find a way to care for themselves better, they quickly became fascinated with the connection between the gut and the skin and You’re Looking Well was born. Fusing the latest breakthroughs in microbiology into skincare and supplement products, the range compromises of just four wonder products to refrain from overwhelming you and also fitting into your routine without too much disruption. ‘The Regime’ includes a Day Cream, Day Pill, Night Cream and Night Pill, designed to create a glow that comes from the inside out. The state of our gut and our skin work in tandem, and to achieve healthy skin, we need to tackle gut health which is where the powerful probiotic and microbiome blend in the YLW Regime work their magic. Join the YLW Club to get the ‘The Regime’ delivered to your door either monthly or quarterly plus you can access advice from the experts, discounts across other wellness companies and events!

The Ayurvedic Opening In West London

From the Indian tropical Malabar Coast of Kerala to West London’s Notting Hill, Kama Ayurveda has opened its first UK store. Crafted upon the wisdom of ancient Ayurveda and nature, the skincare, body and hair products are built around the Ayurvedic philosophy that beauty comes from an inner balance between mind, body and soul. Celestial self-care moments are sparked using their naturally-derived blends that support your Dosha, with scents that transport you to a luscious botanical garden. In prime location on Westbourne Grove, the store is a bright, sunny addition to the shopping spot, allowing you to test out the products for yourself. The store houses treatment rooms with a selection of nourishing massages and facials to choose from as well as skin diagnostic and a chance to discover your dosha to delve into the true Ayurvedic philosophy.

The Outnet of The Beauty World

Overproduction accounts for 6.2% of discarded goods in the beauty and wellness industry. On a quest to transform that stat, Boop is the online platform giving a much-needed second chance to excess beauty products, by offering consumers savings of up to 50% off their best-loved mid-to high-end beauty brands. Sourcing unused excess or obsolete premium products directly from brands and retailers, the platform gives these products a new lease of life with up to 50% off to save them from landfill. You’d be shocked at the products deemed not worthy for sale, whether its imperfect packaging or simply features an old formulation, there are way too many gems not being put to use from much-loved brands including Aromatherapy Associates and John Masters Organics. Boop only sells products which are safe to use and that deliver results, with each and every product subject to a rigorous quality control check.

The Tapping App

Delve into the power of tapping with the new Rapping Tapping App. Combining the principles of EFT Tapping, NLP and Law of Attraction techniques, this transformational tool is an evidence-based ‘mind-body’ energy method that incorporates tapping your face and upper body. Honed by Poppy Delbridge, Manifestation Coach and Founder of Rapid Tapping, the app gives you access to quick five-minute methods to boost your mind, refresh your body and boost your skin. Interlude overwhelming moments of stress or low points in your day with the online library of pre-recorded taps to boost your mood. Don’t just take our word for it, tapping ‘invisible energy points’ has been shown to reduce stress by up to 43% in clinical trials, as well as reducing food cravings, insomnia, body pain and even depression.  

The All-In-One Gut Health Solution

Gut health has been the hot health topic of the year and JERMS stands out as an uncomplicated yet advanced solution with their Daily Gut 4-in-1 powder. This potent blend contains Probiotics, Prebiotics, digestive enzymes, and organic superfoods and vitamins to create the optimal gut environment where beneficial bacteria thrive. Reducing the load for nauseating pills, the unflavored powder formula can be stirred into any cold drink or can be sprinkled over cold food for optimal absorption. Formulated by nutritionists using scientifically proven natural ingredients, JERMS supports digestion, immune function, mood, metabolism, sleep and alleviates bloating, gas, stomach discomfort and other IBS symptoms.

The Gummies Catering For All Needs

New to the gummy market, Næo is striving to enhance the overall convenience of incorporating supplements into your daily wellness regimen. What sets Næo’s gummies apart from the traditional, often nauseating pill-form supplements is their innovative mode of nutrient delivery. Unlike standard supplements, which are typically absorbed within the gut, Næo’s gummies are enriched with a high concentration of nutrients that are absorbed directly within the mouth, which is known to be one of the most effective ways to deliver micronutrients directly into the bloodstream. These six formulas cater to a wide range of health objectives, encompassing skincare enhancement, haircare, gut health improvement, immunity boost, sleep quality optimization, and brain health support.

words by Isabelle Shury