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Beauty News: Westlab launches new Wellbeing Range: BALANCE and RELAX

Westlab launches new Wellbeing Range: BALANCE and RELAX

Centred around Westlab's core focus of offering products that allow natural health, wellbeing, and beauty to be a normal part of everyday life, Westlab has introduced its Wellbeing Range, including two new results-driven bath salt blends: BALANCE and RELAX. Launched in November 2023, the range has been developed over the past two years, after the brand recognised an opportunity for a new bathing era, where prescriptive at-home blends are the norm. As world experts in mineral salt blend formulations, both new products feature pure Magnesium at the heart, with neuro-scientifically proven, mood-boosting ingredients to support and tailor to differentiating needs from female health to optimum relaxation.

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Beauty News: Hailing all the way from Australia, bestselling scalp care brand STRAAND has launched in the UK

Hailing all the way from Australia, bestselling scalp care brand STRAAND has launched in the UK

Having launched in Australia in 2022, and garnered thousands of fans globally already, STRAAND is now available in the UK at uk.straandscalpcare.com as well as Sephora, both online and in the new Stratford store. STRAAND is an industry-disrupting addition to the haircare market, set to turn scalp care on its head with the launch of its bestselling microbiome-focused hair care range. The Crown Fix Scalp Serum (£20) helps to relieve scalp stress from heat styling, chemical bleaching, braids, cornrows and permanent colour treatments, and addresses scalp concerns such as dry skin, itchiness, and dandruff. This best-selling scalp serum is hydrating, protective and the perfect skin treatment.

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Beauty News: Embrace winter radiance with Urtekram's body butter

Embrace winter radiance with Urtekram's body butter

As winter descends, renowned Scandi skincare brand Urtekram, recommends the Dare To Dream Soft Wild Rose Body Butter, to deliver a luxurious and nourishing experience and combat the harsh effects of the season. Urtekram is known for its commitment to organic and sustainable practices, with a focus on simplicity and efficacy; Urtekram products are crafted to meet the unique needs of winter-worn skin, drawing inspiration from the challenging Danish climate. Originally from Denmark, where winter is both relentless and unforgiving, Urtekram has honed its expertise in crafting skincare solutions tailored to withstand the harshest conditions. The Soft Wild Rose Body Butter reflects this commitment, offering a perfect blend of COSMOS certified organic, natural ingredients to elevate winter skincare routine into a pampering ritual.

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Beauty News: Elemental Herbology launch limited edition 100ml size

Elemental Herbology launch limited edition 100ml size

Newly launched, limited edition Elemental Herbology's best-selling Cell Plumping Moisturiser (£95 elementalherbology.com), is a super-sized 100ml which will plump, protect and nurture even the most sensitive skin, and is boxed in exclusive Water Element packaging.

Hydrate and nourish dry skin while improving the skin's natural barrier, reducing sensitivity and increasing elasticity. Ideal for dry, sensitive or thirsty skin needing a boost during the colder months.

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Beauty News: Sold out in a matter of hours: New Peep Club Eye Rescue Lidstick

Sold out in a matter of hours: New Peep Club Eye Rescue Lidstick

Peep Club's new Eye Rescue Lidstick flew into baskets at a rapid rate on launch day with one selling every 90 seconds on Victoria Health. The hype was unprecedented and after three years in the making, it sold out in a matter of hours. Peep Club Eye Rescue Lidstick is the first-of-its-kind overnight eye balm stick designed using an advanced blend of vegan, botanical ingredients to protect, soften, and nourish the entire eye area and lashes. The eyelid balm is especially formulated for those with dry eyes, sensitive eyes, or inflamed or dry eyelids. It's been formulated to support the health of the eyes, which all thanks to modern day stressors such as central heating, screen-use, makeup, medication, and caffeine, can become radically disrupted.

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Beauty News: This new candle, wax melt and diffuser range can positively impact your mental wellbeing

This new candle, wax melt and diffuser range can positively impact your mental wellbeing

New home fragrance brand, Meltee has laucnhed its forest therapy, vegan collection Nature's Healing. Using sustainable sourced ingredients, Nature's Healing brings the outdoors indoors through scents of rosemary, leaves, green stems, lily, bluebell and cedarwood. Combined with unique Forest Therapy technology, Meltee have created a collection that will bring calm and tranquillity to your everyday life. Harnessing the incredible power of phytoncides technology (more on that below) so that you can reap the rewarding benefits that nature has to offer, without even having to leave your homes, Meltee have created a candle (from £14) , wax melts (£8) and reed diffuser (£22) which all incorporates the transformative, Forest Therapy.

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Beauty News: All the winners from the British Hairdressing Awards 2023 revealed

All the winners from the British Hairdressing Awards 2023 revealed

A total of nineteen trophies were awarded to the winners, in front of a 1,400 strong audience of hairdressing peers, influencers and press, alongside celebrity host, Katherine Ryan, who was joined by Hairdressers Journal International's Executive Director, Jayne Lewis-Orr and Julian Crane, General Manager for Henkel Consumer Brands Hair Professional UK & Ireland. Currently in their 39th year, the awards celebrate the outstanding creative and technical skills of the best stylists in the industry. Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of HJ's British Hairdressing Awards said: 'Almost four decades since they began, HJ's British Hairdressing Awards continue to celebrate the most exciting and creative names in our industry. Tonight's winners have demonstrated creative vision, dedication and passion for their craft. Their work is an inspiration to us all and utterly deserving of this recognition.'

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Beauty News: Family run Dot & Lola pioneers sustainable beauty with innovative refillable hair and skincare solutions

Family run Dot & Lola pioneers sustainable beauty with innovative refillable hair and skincare solutions

Dot & Lola, a forward thinking family-run enterprise dedicated to sustainable beauty, is proud to announce the launch of its eco-friendly hair and skincare line. The brand introduces a revolutionary concept in the cosmetics industry, offering natural products housed in infinitely recyclable bottles with convenient refill options. Founded by a seasoned hairdressing professional, Gavin Taylor, Dot & Lola is on a mission to transform societal attitudes towards cosmetics and disposable products. The company's commitment to environmental responsibility and its passion for enhancing beauty converge in a line of high-quality, natural hair and skincare products that champion sustainability.

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Beauty News: Champneys' new Lifestyle Membership

Champneys' new Lifestyle Membership

Champneys has always been synonymous with luxury, wellness, and excellence, and its new Lifestyle Membership: Cloud 9 gives open access to every Champneys resort with guests able to work from their stunning surroundings, benefit from the beautiful spas and state-of-the-art fitness facilities whenever they like, as well as explore the extensive grounds for a breath of fresh air – best coffee break ever!

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Beauty News: Well grounded - with Peigin Crowley

Well grounded - with Peigin Crowley

An award-winning spa consultant Peigin Crowley has spent more than 20 years crafting distinctive and transformative wellness products and treats for fivestar luxury properties. But in 2020, her attention shifted to the home. Experiencing the devastating impacts of stress, burnout, loss of identity and disconnection from the natural world, she embarked on a quest to create products and at-home rituals that could easily be incorporated into a daily self-care routine. Today, the brand continues to grow, focusing on craft and quality over quantity, sustainable business practices and the promotion of accessible and intuitive self-care for all. Committed to the power of touch, Ground Wellbeing rituals are created by Peigin to deliver carefully developed massage treatments through her years of work as an aromatherapist, where she gained a deeper sense of empathy, compassion and understanding.

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Beauty News: Pre-wedding pamper time for mothers and daughters

Pre-wedding pamper time for mothers and daughters

Lovingly created brand Comme des Jumelles invites mothers and daughters to enjoy pamper time together in the run up to the wedding day! Created by a mother wanting to spend more quality time with her three girls, Comme des Jumelles cares for the natural beauty of mums and their daughters and nurtures the bonds between them offering the opportunity of special moments of beautiful togetherness. Consciously and cleverly made to cater for young skin as well as older skin with a minimum of 95% natural ingredients and easily recycled packaging, the product range offers natural, eco-friendly skincare that celebrates eternal beauty and is respectful of mums and daughters' skin as well as the environment.

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Beauty News: Signs your hair needs some Bond Building this winter

Signs your hair needs some Bond Building this winter

Just as freezing cold temperatures and excessive indoor heating can lead to dry, irritated, and sometimes even flakey skin, so too can they suck the moisture out of your hair, leading to a host of unwanted hair problems, including static frizz, split ends, and a tight, itchy scalp among other things. Below are the biggest hair signs that your strands are in desperate need of a Bond Building treatment - plus the Olaplex dupe that is £18 cheaper but will restore your hair health.

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Beauty News: Spabreaks.com launch their plus size robe service

Spabreaks.com launch their plus size robe service

The UK's leading spa booking agency Spabreaks.com launch their plus size robe service. The service comes following widespread demand to make robes available for men and women of all sizes during spa visits. A dedicated email address has been launched to offer consumers the opportunity to order their robes in time for their spa break. The embarrassment that comes with having to explain that the one-size-all robe doesn't fit shouldn't be something that customers have to experience during their spa visit. The results of which lead to people feeling anxious about booking a spa trip, the opposite feeling to how a spa break should make people feel.

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Beauty News: Margaret Dabbs founder of the eponymous British beauty brand awarded OBE

Margaret Dabbs founder of the eponymous British beauty brand awarded OBE

This October, Margaret Dabbs, the founder, Managing Director and CEO of leading British beauty brand Margaret Dabbs London, will be appointed as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). We spoke with the woman herself in honour of her receiving the prestigious award. Born in Hertfordshire, Margaret Dabbs grew up in East London. One of four children, Margaret and her siblings were brought up by their father after her mother died whilst they were attending junior school. By her own account, she was a happy but mischievous child; she formed great friendships and excelled at sport, which their father encouraged. Yet, coming from a single-parent home, she always felt underestimated.

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Beauty News: Keep Calm and Marry On

Keep Calm and Marry On

Feeling the pressure to get everything right and done on time is inevitable when it comes to wedding planning. With a seemingly endless to do list and preparing to expect the unexpected, the sense of overwhelm can quickly take over. This, in turn, results in its own issues such as impaired sleep, digestive issues, skin breakouts, low mood and anxiety. While it isn't helpful to tell someone planning their big day to simply not stress, thinking about ways to support a stressed body and maintain overall good health, can help prevent some of these unwanted symptoms and make the whole process more manageable. Read on to discover five ways to support yourself against stress in the run up to your wedding day, courtesy of Minal Sudra and Elizabeth Andrews at Wedding Wellness...

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Beauty News: Ban the bloat for your big day

Ban the bloat for your big day

One of the most common digestive complaints is bloating, an uncomfortable, sometimes heavy sensation that can follow after eating a meal that for some, also results in feeling tired, unable to concentrate and having a physically noticeable bloated tummy. Not symptoms you want to endure on any day, let alone on one as special as your wedding. There are many possible causes of bloating, some of which come with additional digestive complaints such as pain, constipation and flatulence – usually an indication of poor gut health. These symptoms are usually referred to as IBS by doctors, but may also be the result of intolerances, allergies or other gut disease. There are however some simple, everyday things you can consider to help reduce that after-meal bloat. County Wedding Magazines' beauty and wellness editor, Kelly Andrews, chatted to Minal Sudra and Elizabeth Andrews from Wedding Wellness to find out more.

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Beauty News: The truth about sugar

The truth about sugar

Celebrations such as weddings are typically marked with something sweet – who would say "no" to a slice of cake? While there's nothing wrong with enjoying sweet treats, excess sugar is inextricably linked with poor health and is the possible cause of issues like inflammatory skin conditions and mood swings. None of which make particularly desirable additions to a wedding day! The trouble is we can't do without it! The simplest form of sugar, glucose, is used by every cell in the body to create energy, so it's a vital molecule helping us to function. According to the NHS, we should be aiming for an intake of no more than 30g of sugar per day. Although, experts say that we unwittingly consume much more due to hidden sugars found in various foods. Such culprits include a myriad of favourites like pasta sauces, dips, ready meals, chilled meats, yoghurts and cereals, as well as carbohydrates including potatoes, pasta, bread and even vegetables like carrots.

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Beauty News: Christina Aguilera unveils Xtina, a bold and transformative fragrance

Christina Aguilera unveils Xtina, a bold and transformative fragrance

Christina Aguilera unveils Xtina, a bold and transformative fragrance that ignites the power of personal evolution. Bold. Dynamic. Transformative. Christina Aguilera's Xtina is a daring eau de parfum fragrance that invites you on Christina's fiery and fearless journey to move, explore and transform. An intimate nod to her nickname, personal jewellery, and signature red, Xtina is Christina's new fragrance for the modern individual. Feeling free, empowered and oh-so radiantly feminine, tap into the energy and unwavering superstar power of this incredible fragrance. The dynamic floral woody fruity fragrance makes a bold and captivating statement inspired by the indulgent colour of rubies and the passion and empowerment embodied by Christina Aguilera's talent. This fragrance is a testament to the boldness that lies within, encouraging self-discovery.

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Beauty News: Your post-summer pamper product has arrived!

Your post-summer pamper product has arrived!

Summer is great for spending time with family and friends, whether it's a summer wedding or chilling in the garden, we seem to frequently expose our skin to UV. Skin Republic has a range of face masks and serums for you to add into your skincare routine to help prevent skin damage from sun exposure, allowing for the perfect post-summer pamper! Overexposure to the sun can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin. Collagen maintains skin elasticity and strength by stimulating the synthesis of new collagen, Sun damage can also cause pigmentation which often shows purple, red, or darker marks on the skin.

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Beauty News: The Fragrance Shop reveals the best note for every horoscope

The Fragrance Shop reveals the best note for every horoscope

Natalia Ortiz, chief commercial officer at The Fragrance Shop says, At The Fragrance Shop we highlight fragrance allowing you to be yourself, which is why it's so great to see that the fragrance we choose has really become a true extension of who we are, how we see ourselves, and how we want to feel. We're also all very in line with our astrological signs and the characteristics we adopt from them, so of course matching scent to our horoscope seems like a no brainer! If you're very in tune with the characteristics you adopt from your astrological sign, matching a fragrance to this can definitely help to make you feel more yourself, but also unique...

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