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‘The latest buzz from the world of health and beauty – plus, don't miss your chance to win a pampering spa break for two!’ Helen Daly, Editor



Party piece

AW18 is all about the bold eye look. So we’re obsessed with the New Smashbox Cover Shot Eyeshadow in Major Metals*, £24/2,400 points. It’s packed with glittering coppers, deep maroons and light-catching bronzes – in a clutch-friendly mini palette.



The eyes have it!

Every glasses-wearer is familiar with the associated daily troubles (specs steaming up on rainy days or slipping down your nose at yoga class, anyone?). But it’s payback time! Science buffs have discovered that people with higher intelligence are genetically almost 30% more likely to need glasses. Talk about specs-appeal! Want to upgrade your frames? Check out our stylish range at



Beauty decoder: the fan brush

So it may look the part, but what does a fan brush actually do? Well, its dainty fibres can sweep away eyeshadow fall-out under the eyes. Or, dipped gently in powder, it’s great for combatting that shiny 2pm T-zone. We love Skinnydip Fan Brush*, £7.50/750 points, which has a glam, sparkly handle. Sassy!



The number of meningitis B cases in children under a year old has almost halved, thanks to a free NHS vaccine introduced in 2015. This is excellent news, but MenB can affect people of all ages and is particularly prevalent in infants and young adults. Boots offers a Meningitis B Vaccination Service in more than 350 stores for those aged two years and over. Check out the facts and risks at




It turns out that body confidence boosts can come from the most unexpected places. Scientists have found that viewing films and television shows depicting natural backgrounds can help promote a positive body image. Experts believe that watching natural environments has a calming effect that stops us thinking so much about things such as how we look. This Christmas, we’re putting Blue Planet II on repeat…



Meet the teen-totallers

In news that will surprise and delight parents everywhere, almost a quarter of 16-24 year olds say they don’t drink alcohol at all. The survey by the ONS also revealed that drinking rates among British adults are at their lowest level in 13 years – so it seems teens’ healthy attitudes are rubbing off on us, too! Festive mocktail, anyone?

WIN! An indulgent spa break for two

Kick back and unwind at a Champneys Spa


Running on empty? Read on! Champneys is offering the perfect break for body and mind, with two getaways up for grabs. Each prize is worth over £1,000 and includes a two-night stay for two people, plus four revitalising treatments per person at one of Champneys’ five stunning locations. Five runners-up will also win a hamper of Champneys products, each worth over £200.


Champneys spas cater for all tastes. Gym bunnies can work up a sweat with HIIT, aqua circuit and hula-hooping classes, while water lovers can take a dip in the pool, let the Jacuzzi bubbles wash over them, or relax in the sauna. And to make it extra-special, the prize includes a Heaven Cocoon body treatment, a Champneys Luxury facial, a rejuvenating massage and a pampering pedi or mani. Plus, there’s a hearty, balanced breakfast, a tasty lunch and a three-course evening meal to enjoy. Closing date: midnight on 27/12/18.

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*Available in selected stores. Subject to specially trained pharmacists and stock availability; eligibility and charges apply.

Words Helen Daly, Donna Francis, Abbie-Joelle Skliarsky, Rosie Benson Photography Getty Images, Pixeleyes


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