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Helen Daly editor Health & Beauty magazine

‘Discover what’s hot this month in the world of health and beauty – and don’t miss your chance to win a luxury hotel break for two’ Helen Daly, Editor



Big hair, don’t care

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    Mousse is back… and it’s the perfect party styling tool! ‘Forget the old 80s cans,’ says catwalk hairstylist Syd Hayes. ‘The new mousses are creamier and give long-lasting volume.’ Try L’Oréal Elnett Satin Crème De Mousse, £5.99/599 points (200ml). Want to apply it like a pro? ‘Squirt a golf ball-sized amount into your palm, dip a comb into the mousse and run it through your hair,’ advises Syd. Done!

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Great lengths

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    Almost half of men with male-pattern baldness would spend their life savings on a full head of hair. But Boots can help – so pass on these three great tips:

    • The online hair-loss clinic can offer access to prescription-only hair-loss tablets, following a consultation*

    • The in-store hair-retention programme offers face-to-face pharmacist support and prescription medicines* (selected stores only).

    • The online shop – at – has over-the-counter treatments.

    For more information, go to

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Reflect on this

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    In a recent survey, a shocking 71% of women said they weren’t confident trying on outfits in changing rooms. So this party season, use a new tack: ‘Try things on without looking in the mirror at first,’ says chartered psychologist Jessica Baker. ‘With your eyes closed, think about how it feels. Is it comfy? If not, take it off and try on the next thing. When something feels a good fit, face the mirror. If you hate it, take it off asap – don’t stand there focusing on your bad bits!’

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71 minutes

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    …is how long the average woman takes to apply party make-up. ‘Speed things up using multi-taskers,’ says make-up pro Francesca Neill. ‘Apply Collection Gorgeous Glow Block £4.19/419 points to cheeks, cupid’s bow, brow bones, collar bones and arms, to ramp up the glam.’

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WIN! A luxury hotel break for two

A blissful two-night stay at Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel – worth over £500!

With shorter days and chillier weather, we could all do with a perk-me-up break right now. Luckily, Laura Ashley is offering a reader, plus their guest, a two-night stay at the stunning Laura Ashley The Manor Hotel in Elstree, Hertfordshire. You can stroll through 10 acres of magnificent gardens, sleep deeply in a deluxe double room and enjoy fine dining (locally sourced food and an extensive wine list), plus breakfast. And there’s more: 15 runners-up will each win a Laura Ashley Royal Bloom Dressing Table Box, scented candle**, bath soak and silver-plated photo frame, all worth £104. The closing date for entries is midnight on 29 December 2016.

Mandatory fields. If you provide a tel. number this will only be used to contact you if you are the winner. Boots will not store or pass on your data for any other purpose.


Photography Amar Daved, Getty Images, Pixeleyes, Kenneth Willardt/Trunk Archive

*Eligibility criteria apply. **Never leave a burning candle unattended.


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