Dolce & Gorgeous

Dolce & Gorgeous

Lucky Manchester beauty fans: this week sees the opening of the new Dolce & Gabbana cosmetics counter in Selfridges, Trafford Centre. Head over to check out the beautiful collection of silky lipsticks, velvety eyeshadows and wow-factor nail polishes, plus excellent quality pencils and powders. The collection was designed by the famous Italian duo in collaboration with world-class make-up artist Pat McGrath - she's the hottest name backstage at fashion shows, on major ad campaigns and magazine shoots - so you can be sure the products are of the highest quality and finish. The packaging is sublime: think clickety-click compacts and smooth gold casing, so they're as wonderful to look at as they are to use. Our must-have wedding day buys? The Glow Bronzer Powder (£29) for softly sculpting the cheeks, and the not-too-sticky Lipgloss (£18).

www.selfridges.com
www.dolcegabbanamakeup.com

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The Ultimate Tanning Website

The Ultimate Tanning Website

I love this new website www.thetantalist.com - dedicated to 'fake' tanning. It's launched by my gorgeous friend James Read - the best spray-tanner in town who bronzes all us beauty editors, plus loads of celebs like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Lady Gaga.

His new project is the world's first tanning community website, where you can find out about the best shades for different skintones, get tips on application and maintaining your tan and see how real people on the streets of London are wearing their tans in a brilliant photo gallery. James advises on the best brands for the type of tan you want to achieve (he swears by St Tropez) and suggests a fresh new way of thinking about your tan to suit the seasons and fashion trends. If you've never had a spray tan before it's a great place to see tans in action on real people in broad daylight (rather than on glossy starlets in the glow of a fashion shoot) and read James' expert comments.

It's also great for seasoned tan pros too. Spray-tanned skin can sometimes look a bit flat and uniform in the plink of a camera flash and this site has definitely made me think about photographing myself before a big event in my outfit to see where I need tweaking - whether it's a touch of gleamy moisturiser on the shoulders or a bit of blusher to lift up the face - and if I need to tone down next time to suit the type of weather or lighting at the event.

Don't forget, James has answered all your tanning dilemmas in this fab Q&A HERE

Beauty Bargains

Beauty Bargains

Erm, excuse us, why did no one tell us about Wahanda until now?
It's a completely brilliant spa website (www.wahanda.com) that lists thousands of salons, spa hotels, day spas, gyms and beauty therapists with incredible deals on treatments, packages and overnight weekends.
It's full of fantastic discounts, like 50 per cent off haircuts and massages, two for one pamper days in luxury spa hotels, great value gift vouchers (for mums and bridesmaids!) and free deals, like skin analysis checks and consultations for procedures such as Botox and teeth whitening.
If you're thinking of booking some facials in the wedding run-up, need a low-cost manicure or want to send a cute, original 'thank you' gift in the post to your maid-of-honour, there's so much on here it would be such a shame to miss out on all the great offers.
There's also a clever 'community' section where real people have reviewed spas and treatments, plus there are blogs from industry experts like personal trainers and facialists.
We love!

www.wahanda.com
www.wahanda.com/inspire/pamper-days

Brides Guide: Nutrition And Weight Loss

Brides Guide: Nutrition And Weight Loss

This week, we chat to nutritional therapist Angela Walker about choosing the right eating plan in the run up to your wedding...

What are the classic mistakes most people make that result in weight gain?
Missing meals. Yes, eating less calories than you use is necessary for weight loss, but if you do that by missing meals then it disrupts metabolism, encourages snacking on less healthy options and may cause vitamin or mineral deficiencies. Eating too many refined carbs (white pasta, bread and rice, pastries, cakes etc) is another. When we eat them, their sugar is released very quickly into the bloodstream. We get spikes and then dips in blood sugar, and during the dip we crave for more fast sugar. Longer term, this can encourage the body to store fat especially around the tummy, as well as increasing risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Low-fat diet foods are also a classic mistake. Manufacturers usually replace fat in low fat food with starch, which is just another form of sugar.

For desk-bound brides, what are ideal lunch suggestions?
Firstly, step away from your desk to eat, even if it's just to another part of the office. Anything to avoid that multi-tasking over lunch we are all so good at! It can really have a negative effect on our digestion. Cook extra food in the evening and bring it in for lunch, or if you have a fridge at work, stock up at the beginning of the week with salad ingredients. Then you can just chop up some vegetables, dress with lemon and oil, and serve with chicken, fish or hummus. Soup with veggies, beans and lentils are fairly easy to find in sandwich shops or supermarkets. If you do have to go for a sandwich, then make sure its wholegrain bread and contains as much fresh salad as possible!

What's the best thing to eat on the wedding morning to avoid bloating?
Try to avoid refined grains (such as pasta, white rice or bread) or anything high in fats, as these may be harder to digest. It's best to eat something substantial that will give you a steady release of energy through the day, like porridge made with oats, millet or quinoa. Poached eggs on rye bread with some steamed asparagus and tomatoes are delicious, nutritious and will keep you going. A smoothie is easy to prepare and may be easier to eat if you are feeling a bit nervous - one of my favourites at the moment is avocado, half a cup of almond milk, strawberries or blueberries, plus some pumpkin, sunflower and crushed linseeds - blend together and feel fabulous!

How does your clinic work?
My clinic is based in West London. In the initial consultation we discuss health goals, health history, current eating habits and lifestyle. I also do some in-office testing for digestive imbalance and nutrient deficiencies. During the session I develop a nutritional plan and any recommended supplements and give a variety of tools to help achieve this (meal plans, recipe ideas, shopping lists etc). I work really hard to make sure this is going to be something that will fit into the client's life and work for them. I recommend a follow-up consultation three to four weeks later, and encourage clients to keep in touch via phone or email.

If a bride can't get to London, can you recommend any good nutrition websites?
To find a qualified nutritionist in your area, try Nutri People (www.nutripeople.co.uk) or British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (www.bant.org.uk).

What are you easiest, most practical tricks towards a healthier diet?
Eating healthily is about nourishing your body with delicious food that will make you feel and look fabulous. So think about those benefits rather than the costs and remember you can still have treats, it's just about balance. Do a bit of simple planning: prepare double portions of healthy meals and keep in the fridge, and keep chopped raw veggies, nuts and seeds to snack on, that way when you get home from work you'll have something tasty and nutritious to reach for. Learn how to cook and enjoy beans, peas and lentils: they are versatile, healthy, cheap and tasty! Add them to stews, salads and roasted veggies. Eat at regular times and take your time to eat properly. Prepare the meal or snack, put it on a plate (even if it's just a snack), sit down, enjoy it, and don't do anything else while you are eating.

Contact ange@fabulousnutrition.co.uk