Monday, 14 April 2014

Future Psyclepath?

If the phrase ‘high intensity’ inspires excitement more than fear, then Psycle is the perfect exercise class for you. I had never been spinning before, so had little to compare it to, but it was very different to anything I had done before. 

I was impressed with the Psycle surroundings; everything about the gym felt modern and luxurious. The staff were friendly and helpful and the locker room had hair elastics (neon!) nice products and handy cosmetic essentials for you to use. I know it shouldn’t, but these little touches really help ease you in!

Slightly nervous, I wobbled my way down the stairs to the studio. Before each class you are assigned a bike number (I was 10) and I was marginally horrified to find myself front of the class. This was handy as a beginner, but it was easy for instructor Ruth to see when I was slacking (a fair amount of the time). The lights are low, with funky disco lights and loud, amazing tracks. I find music really helps when I exercise, and those pumping tunes helped me get through what I found to be a rather rigorous class. Psycle is ‘a total body workout on a bike’ and is designed to ‘physically and mentally transform your body’. Their blog is fab, well worth a browse:

I can easily see how Psycle could become completely addictive – I prefer my exercise short and sharp so it suited me down to the ground in this respect. Each class is 45 minutes long. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find it extremely difficult at the time (I could be fitter, if we’re honest) but I didn’t ache too much the next day and felt really great afterwards. In short, Psycle lives up to the hype. Give it a try! 

Top Tips for Beginner Pscylists 

-You don’t need a padlock – the lockers are self-locking
-Take water, you’ll definitely be needing this
- You will be given Psycle shoes, take these off before you go into a studio downstairs. Much safer
-There are towels in the locker room, but you don’t need to take one downstairs; these are also provided on the bikes. 

-The Itsu opposite offers half price food half an hour before closing time; you can have a tasty, healthy meal after your workout (I did!)

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

VICHY Dermablend – High Coverage Alert!

With the recent focus on BB, CC and all the other creams in between, you’d be forgiven for thinking ‘high coverage’ has become a censored phrase. The recent trend for dewy, ‘natural’ skin is fine for those born with a flawless complexion, not so cheery for anyone with a less-than-perfect base. When I was younger, I suffered with acne, and would have given anything to know about or have access to a product like Vichy Dermablend. I could bang on for ages about how well it covers, but I think this video featuring Zombie Boy (of Lady Gaga video fame) pretty much says it all. It’s worth a watch, if only to marvel at how fit he is without the tattoos (very). 

It’s also worth noting, that when I went to the Dermablend launch last week I had just handed my notice in at work. Feeling shaky and strange after so many years in the position, I decided three champagnes were exactly what I needed to calm my nerves. Post Vichy presentation, I continued my celebrations into the night. The next morning, the horrifying realisation of another workday was overshadowed only by the dark circles around my eyes. Panicked, I showered, moisturised, applied under-eye moisturiser, used my normal foundation and patted my Dermablend Corrective Stick sample around the eye area. The results were astounding. I followed up with the setting powder and repeated the process, mimicking the technique international make-up artist xxxxxxxx used to cover up a model’s tattoo at the presentation. The bags had completely disappeared! The only thing the stick didn’t manage to erase was my headache. Emboldened, I used the same product on my T-zone and achieved the most flawless base of my life. Incredibly, the results stayed true to their ’14 hour hold’ claim, and my circles and spots remained covered all day, even after a lunchtime gym trip (a desperate bid to raise my energy levels for the afternoon ahead).

Dermablend Corrective Stick 4.5g (RRP £15.00)

I haven’t tried it yet, but I feel like the new ‘Total Body Corrective Foundation’ is going to have similarly triumphant results. I occasionally suffer from body acne on my chest and back, but it’s nowhere nearly as bad as it was when I was a teenager. If it covers the way I saw in the demonstration (and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t) then I think it will cover my little white acne scars seamlessly. The product is water, sweat and rub resistant; great news for the summer. I look forward to wearing strapless and halterneck styles with confidence and my hair off my back for once. I’ll trial this one for you and let you know how I get on. I’m definitely going to put some on my legs too – It’s recommended for covering up varicose veins, scars, tattoos, stretch marks and other imperfections. 

Dermablend Total Body Corrective Foundation 100ml (RRP £29.75)

It goes without saying that if your skin is less than perfect, you’ll want to cover it to the best of your ability. Vichy offers affordable solutions with their Dermablend range and you can get it in Boots. My only criticism would be that the colour range isn’t enormous, but this was raised in the presentation, and they’re promising to expand it depending on the success of the range.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Pretty Much Everything: Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Is there anything better than a glossy new fashion book? Taschen, in my opinion, publish the best ones. I adore the new Inez Van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin photography book. It’s packed full of amazing glossy fashion images and begs to be enjoyed on a lazy Sunday with a cup of tee and pack of Hobnobs. Don’t let the acres of slimline, tanned model flesh put you off; these pictures are simply too perfect not to have been airbrushed. The colours, the gloss, the glamour all hook you from page one. The sticker sheet made me gasp with joy and I’m framing the poster as soon as the stickers have found their natural homes. The cover is so gorgeous to look at that it would be a sin not to display it somewhere prominent. I found myself deliberately skipping pages so I could go back and ‘discover’ new pages. A must-buy for yourself or fashion-loving friends. 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

MYZINE: A New Generation of E-Mags

I have always been a bit ‘E-Mag’ sceptic; I stare at a screen (at least) all day, so why would I choose to browse a magazine in that way too? Surely lying on bed with a big fat glossy is far more pleasing? It was only the recent launch of ‘MYZINE’ which made me more open minded. 

As well as flicking through print magazines, I do like looking at fashion blogs, but the time I lose skipping from blog-to-blog is scary; I slip into a big e-hole which can be tricky to escape. MYZINE seems to have the answer. Various fashion bloggers can create their own shoppable magazines and share them on MYZINE (as well as their own blogs and social media outlets). They simply submit content to MYZINE and the teams in-house designers will bring the bloggers’ ideas to life, taking on board any creative direction from the blogger. 

Unleash your inner fashionista and you could win £1000 in cash and have your own MYZINE published. To enter, simply send you favourite self-styled pics. For more details, visit:

Will I cease all print magazine subscriptions? No, but I will definitely start dedicating more of my online time to looking at E-mags like MYZINE; there’s more than enough fashion content to go round and I don’t want to miss any of it! The fact you can shop from every article is both dangerous and compelling.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Go Large with Label.m Texturising Volume Spray

When it comes to hair, I firmly believe that bigger is better. Volume equals glamour and nothing makes me feel as confident as a bouncy blowdry or nicely backcombed bouffant. 

Label.m launched ‘Texturising Volume Spray’ at London Fashion Week, which may explain the number of ‘big hair’ shots snapped by street style photographers at the gates of Somerset House. The new product boasts the texturising benefits of backcombing with the hold of hairspray. 

Label.m promises their versatile, texturising spray will ‘take your hair to new heights’. I put it to the test, washing and rough drying my (slightly wavy) hair as normal before spraying it fairly haphazardly and ‘roughing it up’ with my fingers along the way. As well as smelling amazing, it instantly gave my hair more body and hold, creating a rocky, Kate Moss feel. 

I now keep it in my desk drawer – it’s a brilliant refresher for lank locks, especially before after-work drinks. 

Label.m Texturising Volume Spray 200ml, £12.50. Available in selected salons and online at 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

One Elle of a Time

I went to an exclusive Percy & Reed product launch in the Elle office, mainly because I was curious about a new product launch, but also because I love a good office nosy! 

This was the first time the Elle beauty team had invited non-PRs-or-Elle-ites into the building, but after the success of their first event, I’m sure they will host more events like this. I was on my best behaviour: only two champagnes and I didn’t spill a drop. The Elle Beauty team talked us through the new Percy & Reed product, ‘Wonder Balm’.

Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm (£18 for 75ml) is like a primer for your hair. It gives more control and helps your style last longer. You use it before other styling products; I wash my hair, towel dry it and then apply it through my lengths and ends. It smells gorgeous and makes my hair feel thick and silky. I then dry my hair and apply my usual texturiser and hair spray. 

According to Adam Reed, this is a product that “makes your hair the best it can be.” Paul Percival is also a fan, explaining, “Wonder Balm helps to fill and seal the cuticle, giving you a perfect base to style the hair, whilst sealing the cuticle, locking out humidity and adding gloss and light volume.”

After hearing about this new Wonder product, we got our hair styled with it by Percy & Reed stylists. It looked wonderful but I didn’t think it would withstand the hair whipping it would get at Beyonce the following evening, so I ended up taking it out before I went to bed. I’m sure my fellow Tube-travellers were impressed with my High Barnet in any case. We also got some snaps in the famous ‘Elle Photobooth’ to remember our lovely styles. 

Percy & Reed are now on Instagram - follow percyandreedlookbook for hair inspiration and email your favourite styles over to or

Monday, 17 March 2014

Burt’s Bees Shines and Glosses

100% natural beauty brand Burt’s Bees already have some fab tinted lip balms and shimmers, but they’re releasing glosses and shines in April, exclusive to John Lewis. 

Infused with botanical oils and beeswax, the colour range offers the same amazing, nourishing results which made me love the original Burt’s Bees lip balms. 

The (also 100% natural) shines are really glossy, taste yummy and don’t feel sticky. I love ‘Smooch’, a deep, plummy shade. The glosses are more lipstick-y and all share a light vanilla fragrance, jojoba esters and sunflower polyglycerides. I’m going to wearing peachy, shimmery ‘Sunny Day’ all summer long. In the meantime I’m into dusky pink ‘Autumn Haze’ with a bronzer to pep up my pale skin.