Game of Thrones Beauty


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Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, there’s no denying that Game of Thrones has become hugely popular in the last couple of years, even appealing to those of us who would usually turn over such a fantasy-based show straight away. There are so many amazing female characters who ooze strength as well as beauty and with the show set to return very soon, we thought we’d take a look at a few of them.

Daenerys Targaryen (Mother of Dragons)

Daenerys Targaryen

With a title like “Mother of Dragons”, you could be forgiven for thinking that this lady has dry, scaly skin, but in fact she’s a fearsome leader and true beauty. Given the fact that the actress who played her is rumoured to have made a complaint about how much time she spent naked on-screen, we’re sure she must have a very strict regime of waxing and moisturising during shooting!

Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

The character Sansa is supposed to be in her early teens, so it’s no surprise that she’s still youthful and radiant but her colouring seems to make her look extra flawless at times. Her russet locks are a stark contrast to her alabaster skin and she gets to wear some amazing costumes, given the fact that she’s almost royalty.

Brienne of Tarth

Brienne of Tarth

For me, there are very few women on-screen who are more kick-ass than Brienne of Tarth. This giant of a woman stands at almost 6ft 3in and has a real rough-around-the-edges look, favouring suits of armour over gowns. However, her skin always looks blemish-free and flawless (albeit very often muddy and weather beaten!), and given the fact that she’s technically a ‘Lady’, we’re sure she knows the importance of a good skin routine!



Melisandre, also known as The Red Woman, is actually a priestess and performs some pretty mind-boggling magic, usually involving some sort of fire. She’s played by Dutch actress Carice van Houten who is almost 40, but looks barely a day over 30 with her complete lack of wrinkles or dark spots.

Margaery Tyrell

Margaery Tyrell

Margaery is a real force to be reckoned with, with her fresh-faced good looks and incredibly scheming mind, as well as having her brilliant grandmother (played by 77-year old Diana Rigg who is still a very beautiful lady) in her corner. Margaery has got the Throne in her sights and we can imagine she’d do anything to get there, but along with her ruthlessness goes an innate morality which makes her a really interesting character.

Easy way to meditate


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There is no getting away from the fact that modern day living is stressful, and seems to be getting more so.

Whether you’re commuting on a packed train into the city, constantly trying to meet deadlines at work, or bringing up small children, pressures can mount up and getting time to unwind can be tricky.

However, relaxing is key if you want to get the balance right and whilst we all do that differently, something we can all incorporate in our lives is meditation.

The word meditation, comes from two Latin words: meditari (to think, to dwell upon, to exercise the mind) and mederi (to heal).

Meditation is a mind-body practice that can help improve anxiety and reduce symptoms of stress, leaving you feeling calmer and more in control. It isn’t just about focusing your mind but also looking at what’s going on inside you, so you can really start to understand yourself and the triggers that make you anxious.

There are various types of meditation with many coming from ancient religious and spiritual traditions but the two most common forms are mindfulness and transcendental meditation.

Mindfulness meditation is about focusing on your breathing and transcendental meditation involves repeating a mantra.

To feel the benefits of meditation you can start with as little as five minutes a day and build from there.

You can attend a group or class, which can be helpful when you are getting started, but we have some tips to get you started on your own.

Do it anywhere. Sitting, standing, lying down, on the train, or walking but the key is to be comfortable and focused. Find a chair you really like, sit on the floor with cushions, lie on the grass in the park – the choice is yours but make it work for you.

When you meditate, go distraction free. Turn off all devices, leave your phone in another room and try to make your space as tranquil as possible.

Be open-minded. Meditation works best when you have an open attitude as this makes it easier for thoughts and feelings to flow and for you to relax.

Breath. Once you are comfortable and ready, start to feel your breath as it comes into your body, through your nose and into your lungs. Count one on your first breath and two as you breathe out. Repeat to 10 and start again.

Scan you body. As you progress and are following your breath, start to focus your attention on your body, one part at a time. Start at the top of your head, down to your nose and chin. Feel the breath in your chest, your stomach and your legs. Move to your ankles, toes and finish with the soles of your feet. How do those feel?

Don’t worry you’re doing it wrong. There’s no perfect way to meditate, just do it and be happy you’re doing it.

Smile. Sounds funny we know, but when you’re finished, smile. Be grateful you had this time to yourself and you took time out for you.

Meditation isn’t always easy and it takes time and commitment, but the benefits can be amazing, so why not start today?

Top 5 Uses for Coconut Oil


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coconut oilBeauty trends often go hand in hand with trends through health and food related things too, and in the last few years one of the main trends has been for coconut oil. It’s well known for its hugely beneficial properties, so much so that Dermalogica Super Rich Repair contains a healthy dose of it for repairing the skin. However, coconut oil has a whole host of uses that you may not even be aware of, so we thought we’d take a look at a few and hopefully enlighten you along the way.

To Soothe Little Bottoms

If you’ve got a little one who is still in nappies, keeping a little tub of coconut oil in your changing bag is a great idea as it makes a perfect nappy cream. As well as soaking into the skin and soothing any irritation which has already occurred, the oil will also provide a barrier against further irritation and keep moisture away from the skin, leaving it…well, as soft as a baby’s bottom!

A Pre-Shave Treatment

If you’ve run out of your regular shave oil, coconut oil makes a great pre-shave treatment. Rub over the area to be shaved to lift hairs and provide a barrier between your skin and the sharp edge of the blade. It will minimise irritation and allow you to get a really close shave.

A Balm for Mosquito Bites

We’re not quite sure WHY this one works, we just know that it does; dab a little coconut oil on bites if you’re unfortunate enough to get bitten by one of the little blighters and it will help to stop the itching and reduce any inflammation to the area.

To Whiten Teeth

This one is definitely NOT for anyone with a weak stomach, but millions of people swear by it so we felt we had to include it here. Oil pulling is basically the act of taking a spoonful of coconut oil into your mouth, letting it melt and then swishing it around your teeth for a few minutes. We can’t say that a mouthful of oil is particularly appealing to us, but with so many people adamant that it makes their teeth several shades whiter, we don’t dare argue!

To Stimulate Hair Growth

As well as making a fabulous intense conditioner for dry hair, rubbing it into the scalp on a regular basis is said to stimulate hair growth and actually thicken your hair. We suspect this is as much to do with the act of rubbing your scalp and increasing blood flow to the area as the coconut oil itself, but if it leaves your hair silky soft in the process, it’s well worth a try.

Take a digital detox


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Disconnect to connect.

Digital detox.

We’re pretty sure you’ve heard these terms being used a lot recently but doing this can be tough.

With so many of us being slaves to screens, living life through a lense and being online pretty much 24/7, stepping away from devices might seem impossible.

The truth of the matter is that sometimes it is exactly what you need to do in-order to reconnect with the real world.

It might seem scary to go digital free but it is pretty easy and we have broken it down to so you can give it a go.

Make a date
There is no point in deciding to go screen free on Monday morning when your schedule is busy and inbox is full. Go for a weekend or during a holiday and put it in your diary so you don’t forget or double book.

Set the time
If you are permanently glued to your screen, going cold turkey for a week might not work for you. Just like a New Year’s resolution, you need to make this achievable so that you keep going and succeed. Go for a balance between realistic and challenging, which could be an hour without emails, turning your phone off at 8pm or only playing computer games at the weekend. You want it to make a difference to your life, in a good way so you can feel the benefits.

Set boundaries
We set boundaries for so many things in life, why not do the same with digital devises? Think about exactly what you want to cut down on, not just during a detox but also in life generally. Is it the volume of junk and joke emails, the constant stream of TV in the house or your over use of social media? If you think about this to start with you will soon see a way out of life glued to a glowing screen.

Plan something special
Taking a break from all things digital means you are free to return to real life. Spend time with family and friends and really focus on the here and now. During your break maybe plan to have a meal with your partner, go for a walk with the kids, play tennis or have a facial – all without checking your phone every five minutes.

Get outside
We aren’t talking about walking around the shoppings or sitting in a pub garden, but really going outside and taking in the beauty of your surroundings. Spending time outdoors – whether it is going for a jog, having a game of rounders or a picnic on the beach – is good for the soul and will help you detox on many levels. Good old-fashioned fresh air and sunshine stimulate Vitamin D and being at one with nature will take away stresses and make you feel happier and calmer.

Go old school
Cast your mind back to your childhood and bring out the board games, packs of cards, books and even colouring books and remember just how simple life used to be.

Eat well
A digital detox is also a great opportunity to prepare and eat healthy, wholesome food. A seasonal salad with sweet potato wedges, fresh fish, green smoothies, humus, fruit salads and iced water are all fantastic options that will leave you feeling satisfied and cleansed.

After your digital detox don’t run to your iPhone or add a clever status on Facebook straight away, but instead take time to think about how you have felt whilst free from the shackles of screens.

  • What did you learn?
  • What did you like?
  • What did you miss and why?
  • When will you do it again?

We are pretty sure that after a little time out you will start to see that too much screen time could be stopping your from being your best you.

Plan a regularly digital detox – weekly if you can – and you’ll be amazed at how different you’ll feel.

The Benefits of Garlic


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Okay, so we’ll be the first to admit that garlic isn’t the most glamorous of ingredients and it’s certainly one to avoid when you’re still in ‘first date’ territory, but believe it or not, garlic offers a whole host of health benefits. We thought we’d take you through the ways in which garlic can help you (and try to convince you that the benefits of the STINK outweigh the negatives!)

Digestive Health

The stinky part of the garlic comes from a compound called ‘allicin’, which is also the part which offers the most benefit to your health. Amongst other things, allicin is excellent for maintaining good digestive health, helping to keep you regular and reduce bloating.


Although garlic contains barely any calories, it’s massively high in a number of vitamins and minerals, such as Manganese, Vitamins B6 and C and Selenium, as well as Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron and Vitamin B1. This means that by adding it to your food, you’re effectively taking a completely natural multivitamin, which is excellent for your hair and nails.

Immune System

Although there’s no cure for the common cold, it’s widely accepted that garlic can be a potent ally against the symptoms. One study into the effects of garlic on the common cold showed that the length of the cold was reduced, on average, from 7 days to just one and a half with a daily dose of garlic.

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a huge problem which is estimated to affect over one in four adults in the UK and garlic has been shown to drastically improve it. In fact, in some studies, a high daily dose of garlic has been shown to be equally as effective as certain pharmaceuticals which are regularly prescribed by GP’s for the condition.

Improving Your Workouts

It seems crazy but garlic has actually been shown to improve performance during levels of high activity – one study showed “subjects with heart disease that took garlic oil for 6 weeks had a reduction in peak heart rate of 12% and improved their exercise capacity” while another study showed quicker recovery rates with a daily dose of garlic. We’re not suggesting that you wolf down a garlic bread before your step class, but investing in some capsules could definitely help!


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