Autumn fashion the weather way


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We don’t know about you, but it seems like the weather is still pretty mild for mid-October?

One minute it is almost balmy, the next there is rain pelting down on your freshly made up face.

With this in mind, knowing what to wear so we aren’t too cold or too hot is a bit tricky.

“I keep my umbrella and sunglasses with me at all times, together with a pair of gloves.”

“I am still wearing my maxi-dreses in October but add a demin jacket when the sun goes in.”

“It am still in flip flips and have a regular manicure. I’m just not ready to get out the winter boots.”

With this in mind, we have put together a few ideas for the perfect autumn transitional wardrobe.

Jeans are a staple for pretty much everyone. Dark denim can be dressed up with a crisp white shirt and boots for work and a simple, black t-shirt and Converse trainers make skinnies the right side of casual for the school run. Find a brand that works for you, get your size right and mix fitted with boyfriend styles and you will never struggle with jeans again.

Layering is at is most useful between October and December. Stock on staples such as long-sleeved, cotton tops, pretty vests and fitted cardigans in neutral tones and you can adapt your look as the weather changes.

We aren’t yet really in the realms of heavy winter coats, but chilly mornings and early evening shadows, mean that for many, a jacket is a must. Go for a structured denim or leather jacket that is easy to carry over your arm but will keep you warm once the sun goes in. If it’s rain that catches you out, there are some pretty smart shower resistant coats that look smart and keep your dry.

What to wear on your feet? A pair of silver ballet pumps or snake print trainers, make the perfect autumn footwear. They can be worn with jeans for coffee with the girls, add a little sophistication to a midi skirt and give an edge if having an early evening drinks.

If you are thinking boots, invest in a pair in either black or tan and go for a heel if you are up to the challenge. Long or short work well, pixie and biker are both in the shops and on trend. Shiny metal hardware adds an extra statement and if it is really cold, consider sheepskin – you know what we are talking about.

Accessories really make an outfit work as the seasons change. Pretty scarves, waterfall cardigans, cute earrings and a splattering of bling can totally change any look in seconds. Flick through a few magazines or scroll Pinterest and you will soon find looks something that will work for you.

Never leave the house without a pair of sunglasses. They add an instant touch of chic even if you are going to the supermarket. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but got for a dark, over sized pair that offer adequate UV protection and keep them in a case to prevent scratching.

Your bag can seriously make or break your outfit. There are some fantastic totes in the shops this autumn in rich navy and reds that add an instant look of glamour to even the plainest pair of jeans and pumps. For evenings, go for a minimal clutch with a little glitter for extra style points and if you are going on a mini break, wheeled cases are the way to go.

Add some lash lengthening mascara, a swipe of plum lipstick and a smile and you are ready to go come rain or shine.

Team Pure-Beauty

Post-Menopause Skincare


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Post-Menopause SkincareWhen we think about the havoc that our hormones can wreak upon our skins, we usually associate that with puberty, periods and maybe pregnancy. However, for the older ladies among us, the menopause can also leave us with unwanted effects to our skin and the depleting hormones can cause no end of skin problems. We’re taking a look at some of the most common skin issues associated with the menopause and giving you suggestions of how to deal with them.

Reduction in Elasticity

As you age, your skins ability to produce collagen is reduced, which leads to a marked increase in the elasticity of your skin and skin which is more wrinkled and sagging. We recommend the Decleor Anti-Ageing Starter Kit, which contains everything you need to start to rejuvenate your skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and encourage natural collagen production.


Ageing skin also loses the ability to retain water in the same way that younger skin does, which means that using a good moisturiser is vital, post-menopause. Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance is the perfect moisturiser for dry and prematurely ageing skin as it contains an ultra-rich blend of phytonutrients, vitamins and humectants that helps restore vital moisture.

Increased Risk of Melanoma

Although we aren’t yet sure why, research has uncovered a link between oestrogen depletion and an increased risk of melanoma, which means it’s even more vital to use protection against the sun. Decleor Ultra Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF50 Face is specifically formulated to protect ageing skin from the sun’s harmful rays and will provide both sanctuary and repair whilst actively reducing fine lines.


Believe it or not, just in the way that the sudden increase of hormones can cause acne, so can the sudden depletion and many menopausal women report cases of acne, which can obviously be distressing. Getting a good cleansing and moisturising regime in place is really important for keeping acne under control so using a system of products like the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Kit would be a sensible move.


When you start to succumb to the menopause, one of the knock-on effects is that the skin starts to thin which can lead to areas of sensitivity. Decleor Rose D’Orient Soothing Oil Serum is a natural elixir which is designed to immediately cool and soothe sensitive skin, reducing redness and stopping the face from feeling dry and tight. Only a few drops are needed and you’ll feel back to normal in no time.

Chocolate Week Comes to Town


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Love chocolate then you will love the fact that this week is Chocolate Week, culminating in The Chocolate Show at Olympia National Hall, London.

Milk, white, dark, organic, buttons, bars, the list goes on so we have looked at the best ways to indulge in this worldwide food phenomena.

Let’s face is, everyone loves chocolate cake, don’t they?

It is easy to make and for one cake you will need:

50g cocoa powder
3 large free range eggs
6 tablespoons of boiling water
4 tablespoons of semi-skimmed milk
175g self-raising flour
1 rounded teaspoon of baking powder
100g of softened butter
300g /caster sugar

For the icing you will need:
150g of broken up, good quality dark
150ml double cream
3 tablespoons of strawberry jam
Icing sugar for dusting

The method for baking this chocolate delight is very simple:

Preheat your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas 4, then grease two 20cm sandwich tins.

Put the cocoa powder and boiling water in a large bowl and mix into a smooth paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat until they are all combined well.

Divide the mixture into the two tins then place in the oven. Bake for around 30 minutes, until well risen and slightly coming away from the sides of the tin.

As the cake cooks, start on your icing. Pop the chocolate pieces and cream in a bowl, put the bowl over a pan of simmering water until melted, then leave to cool.

When cool, move the cakes from the tins and spread the bottom of each one with jam . Spread half the icing on the jam, sandwich together and put the rest of the icing on the top. Dust with icing sugar and serve in slices with a mug of hot

When we talk about hot chocolate we don’t mean a packet mix but a delicious, creamy drink that leaves you full and satisfied.

This recipe is perfect for cold winter days and you will need:

1 litre of semi-skimmed milk
150g good quality, plain chocolate, broken into small pieces
Extra chocolate for grating
1 vanilla pod split and seeds scraped out
1 cinnamon stick
A little caster sugar
Mini marshmallows

Making this luxurious drink is super-easy:
Gently heat the vanilla pod and seeds, cinnamon stick and milk in a saucepan until boiling.
With the pan taken away from the heat, add the chocolate pieces and then stir until it melts.
Whisk the liquid until frothy, pour into your favourite mugs. Grate a little chocolate on the top and together with several marshmallows and you are good to go.

Chocolate spread is a kitchen cupboard staple for many but why buy it when you can make your own? For one decent sized jar, you will need:

140g of dark, good quality chocolate, chopped into smaller pieces
160g of double cream
45g of caster sugar
2g of salt

To make the spread put the cream, sugar and salt into a pain and bring to boiling point. Pour the hot mixture over the chopped chocolate and whisk until smooth. Use a hand blender to smooth the mix and once cooled, pour into a sterlised jar and put in the fridge.

Happy Chocolate Week.

Team Pure-Beauty

Five Super Soups for Autumn


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One of the best things about the changing seasons is the different produce which becomes available and now that the weather is starting to cool down, our thoughts are turning to comfort foods. Soups are excellent in so many ways; not only are they warming and comforting, they’re easy to make, use fresh ingredients and can help us to get several of our five-a-day in one meals. We’ve got five suggestions for seasonal super soups which contain huge amounts of nutrition for our skin and hair whilst making you feel like you’re getting a hug in your bowl!

Butternut Squash with Chilli and Crème Fraiche


Butternut squash is the perfect example of a tasty seasonal offering and epitomises autumn for us here at Pure Beauty. As well as offering an enormous amount of Vitamin A (over 200% of your RDA in just 100g!), the hint of chilli will give you a warming boost and the crème fraiche will give you a creamy touch and a calcium boost without adding millions of unwanted calories.

Tomato Soup with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich


This is probably one of the simplest yet most popular suggestions for soup and is packed with essential vitamins and minerals. The grilled cheese may not be the lowest-calorie option but it won’t hurt to indulge every now and again and the tomatoes contain lots of vitamin C, which is important for cell growth and skin healing.

Pea and Ham Soup


This retro-tastic soup may not be such a popular option these days but you can bring it up to modern day by using split peas and a whole load of bacon! The beauty of soup is that you can add pretty much anything you want to make it to your taste and the saltiness of the extra bacon combined with the freshness of the peas will combine to make a flavour explosion.

Sweet Potato Soup


Sweet potato is another amazing ingredient to use as the base of a soup as it contains a whole load of vitamins and minerals, and gives a sweetness which can be built upon to create an amazing flavour. Experiment with flavours and textures such as avocado and kidney beans for a truly different and tasty creation.

Chicken And Wild Rice Soup


No list of soups is complete without a chicken soup on it, but we’ve gone for something a little different to the usual plain old cream of chicken soup. Chicken and Wild Rice soup has a delicious flavour, a creaminess thanks to the starchy rice and is also super filling and packed with protein. It’s really simple to make and contains at least three of your five-a-day in just one bowl!

Autumn leaves the UK way


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Whilst some love the budding spring blossom and others bask in the summer sun, at Pure Beauty, our favourite season is autumn.

This is the perfect time of year to enjoy walks in local parks and woodlands whilst admiring the stunning display of colours emerging across the trees and hedgerows.

Glowing reds, oranges and yellows means you can spend your weekends in a tunnel of colour whilst wrapped in thick jumpers, collecting conkers before drinking warming hot chocolate by the fire.

We have found some of the best autumnal spots that we hope will make you embrace the winter rather than wish it wasn’t coming.

Just 20 minutes from central London you’ll discover a little bit of paradise at Kew Gardens. Home to some of the worlds rarest and most beautiful plants, these botanical gardens are even more spectacular as the seasons change. With over 300 acres of flowering crocuses, colchicums and cyclamen, this is a day out you won’t forget. You can take an organised guided walk, see the foliage from the Treetop Walkway, explore the giant greenhouses and once your plant identification is complete, enjoy tea and cake in the fabulous café.

Between late September and early November, the National Arboretum at Westonbrit is alive with colour. Boasting over 18,000 trees and shrubs, here you will find one of the most impressive collections of greenery in the world. Walking through the pretty gardens you’ll see everything from red rich Japanese maples and late flowering seven-sun flower to the gorgeous green deciduous conifers.

It has to be said that dusky pink Powis Castle comes into it’s own in the autumn. Part of the National Trust, this impressive country mansion is surrounded by grand, show stopping gardens that never fail to impress. Over the next six weeks visitors can get involved with apple pressing and pumpkin carving and by night formal gardens, terraces and courtyard will be illuminated with hundreds of twinkling lights.

Nestled in the depths of the New Forest are 200 acres of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and trees that make up Exbury Gardens. As summer leaves this tranquil spot, so autumn brings with it a splendid show of colour that has to be seen, to be believed. With a steam train, fun park, wildlife and delightful tearoom, this is an autumn adventure for all the family to enjoy.

Whilst we all know Scotland is full of evergreens, the region becomes a sea of golden hues during the autumn. With pines as the perfect back-drop, Perthshire is perfect for witnessing the wonders of multi coloured foliage set against iconic lochs and moors.

Famous for Robin Hood, Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire is also home to over 20 miles of beautiful, glowing colour every autumn. The pines create a distinctive contrast and fragrance as you walk through the forest taking in nature at it’s very best.

With an unbelievably beautiful landscape of moorland, woodland, river and sea, the hidden world of Exmoor comes alive during the autumn. The trees are a rich rust hue, the fruit and fungi abundant and if you stand still for long enough you might just see the deer on the move.

If you visit it one these spots, take a photo and send it to us so we can enjoy the moment too.

Team Pure-Beauty