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‘All the latest news from Health & Beauty HQ plus your chance to win a lash and brow makeover’ Health & Beauty Helen Daly, Editor
We all crave better skin, and on the new-season catwalks, complexions never looked so fresh. But how to achieve it? ‘The secret to natural radiance is to ditch contouring – it looks too fake,’ says make-up artist Dani Guinsberg. ‘Instead, opt for an ultra-light base, which still covers imperfections but allows your natural skin tone and texture to show through.’ We love Rimmel London Lasting Finish Breathable Foundation, £8.99/899 points (30ml).
LET IT SHINE: For a ‘baby skin’ finish, dab a highlighter, such as New CYO Turn On The Light Illuminating Mixing Cream Boots Exclusive £6/600 points (30ml), on cheekbones, chin, browbones, temples and inner-eye sockets.
Around two-thirds of us would choose to shop online or use social media rather than go outside, a new survey has revealed – despite half of respondents admitting they feel healthier when they head out. Doh! So make it your mission to embrace the outdoors. Why not get off the bus a stop early? Or try a pooch-share: dog-walkers are more active, and less likely to be put off by poor weather. Don’t forget your SPF – UV rays are present even on grey days. We love Soltan Protect & Moisturise Suncare Spray SPF30 Boots Exclusive £4/400 points (200ml).
No more ‘doing a Marilyn Monroe’ each time a gust of wind picks up (which, in the UK, is every other minute) because – hurrah – fashion is embracing shorts this season. Everything from knee-length city styles to loose, colourful, sporty looks – and even leather hot pants – were paraded on catwalks. So brace yourself for a high street full of two-legged wonders. Not ready to bare just yet? Team them with Pretty Polly Legs On The Go 60 Denier Opaque Tights, £8/ 800 points (1 pair; s/m and m/l). Or if one of those freakishly warm spring days catches you (and your winter-pale pins) unawares, spray on Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Tan Glow, £9.99/999 points (75ml), and step out with confidence.
Best. News. Ever: research has found that watching live theatre can have the same impact on your heart as half an hour of cardio exercise, with audience heart rates reaching 50-70% of their max capacity (the optimum for cardio fitness and stamina). Experts say this could be due to the range of emotions theatre can provoke. While it’s no excuse to ditch the gym, it is another reason to get tickets for Broadway hit Hamilton now it’s over here.
There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition, so the saying goes. Now a study has found that families who competed to win points using an exercise app not only regularly walked more (adding around an extra mile a day to their step count), but also hit their fitness goals more often. Up for a little family fun? Invest in the Fitbit Alta HR £119.99/ 11,999 points, download an app and let battle commence.
Give your eyes the wow factor with one of 30 sets of enhancing products, each worth over £70
Who doesn’t fantasise about having long, lush lashes and beautiful, face-framing brows to rival Cara Delevingne’s? Well, thanks to RapidLash, your chance has arrived, as the brand is giving away 30 sets of RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum and RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum in a free prize draw. They’ve been formulated to help condition, fortify and improve the appearance of lashes and brows. It’s a dream combination that could bring you one step closer to achieving peeper perfection.
The closing date for entries is midnight on 24 April 2018.
Something about eyes
OPEN NEW Benefit Bad Gal Bang! Volumizing Mascara, £21.50/2,150 points (8.5g) There are tons of volumising mascaras out there, but this one is different thanks to its “aero-particles” – some of the lightest known materials derived from space technology. The result? Long and lush lashes, which feel soft and natural. One small step for man, one giant leap for me…’Add
TREAT Vichy Idéalia Eyes Anti-Fatigue Eye Care, £25/2,500 points (15ml) This is a perfect start-of-the-day soother for tired eyes. The cream absorbs incredibly quickly and instantly reduces fine lines, while the super-soft silicone applicator helps to protect this delicate area.Add
CONCEAL BareMinerals Well-Rested Eye Brightener SPF20, £22/2,2000 points (2g) I’m always on the hunt for something to sort out my dark shadows but thought a powder concealer would just make them look cakey. How wrong! This super-light, illuminating formula means you can brush on as little – or as much – as you need. A definite keeper.Add
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Words Alexandra Jones, Fiona Ward, Helen Daly, Donna Francis
Photography Jason Lloyd-Evans, Getty Images, Matthew Murphy, Shutterstock
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Editor Helen Daly Associate editor Julia Martin Acting associate editor Jessica Powell Group art director Louisa Edge Art director Chris Carus Picture editor Francisco Ludovico Chief sub-editor Carrie Sizer Acting chief sub-editor Martina Walsh Acting deputy chief sub-editor Danielle Richardson Features director Danielle Hine Features writer Charlotte Grant-West Beauty director Donna Francis Beauty writer Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky Business director Georgie Eley Account director Sophie Horne Account Manager Lily Horton Commercial director Ian Anderson Advertising director Michelle Daburn Advertising managers Kelly During, Naomi Spence Advertising account manager Freddie Faulkner Print project manager Mel Clarke Publishing lead Adrian Farr For Boots Katie Barber, Katie Harrison and Fiona Lakin With thanks this issue to: Terri Doyle, Keith Drummond, Marc Gadian, Kate Lauer, Jimm Leaf, Lucy Moore, Chris Morley, Susannah Parker, Jill Tipping, Fiona Ward