Part Two – Listen to your heart

by Aly Hazlewood on October 28, 2015


“You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.” – Paul Coelho, The Alchemist.

The 40′s can often be a time of great transition for women, especially those childless as I am. I’ve found myself questioning many of my career and life choices, and exploring topics such as sustainability, permaculture, community living, organic gardening and vegetarianism. I stopped watching the TV a long time ago, conscious of how drained I felt by shrewd advertising, biased news reporting and increasingly commonplace violence.

My spiritual beliefs, often so difficult to talk about in this modern age like some shameful little secret; basically consist of the ancient tenets of ‘do no harm’. But I realised with oft inconsolable grief, that this life I was living, that we all are living, has ‘harm’ built into almost every facet of it.


I have a deep belief that the lives of others shape our own, and as long as the least among us are not happy, safe and free, we can never hope to be so. But some, like me, born into the relative privilege of a comfortable western life do have the freedom to choose something different, to try to be part of a creative solution to the seemingly insurmountable problems that we’ve co-created through ignorance and negligence. [click to continue…]


Part One – Ditching the beauty products

October 28, 2015
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So dear readers, this little blog of mine is about to undergo a bit of a sea change. Permit me to elaborate. Many of you will know that I’ve been a make up artist for the last 13 years, and in that time I’ve seen epic changes in the fashion and beauty industry, most of [...]

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Organii Everyday Organics Peach Shower Gel

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ORGANii is a new brand of everyday certified organic products, which includes shower gels, liquid soaps and cream soap bars that contain only pure, 100% natural ingredients, sourced from organic certified suppliers where possible. As all products in the ORGANii range are vegan and carry the ECOCERT logo, they are perfect for those who want [...]

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Estee Lauder Daywear and Daywear BB Cream Review

June 29, 2015
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For me there’s always a significant cringe factor in posting photos of myself on my blog, because well, frankly, I just don’t think anyone is remotely interested in seeing my face all over the internet… however, this picture I took in Morocco last week (more on that to follow) shows quite nicely how well the Estee [...]

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The Moorings, Islamorada, Florida Keys

May 6, 2015
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Image Copyright – Aly Hazlewood Review of The Moorings Village & Spa, Islamorada Discovered by Spanish explorers, Islamorada (purple island in Spanish) is thought to have been named such thanks to the astonishing purple hued sunsets that grace the skies. One of the most enjoyable location shoots I’ve had the good fortune to experience was [...]

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Outdoor recycled plastic rugs to beautify your garden

May 1, 2015
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We love a bit of recycled material at The Truth About Beauty, especially when it’s fair trade. Following the success of the range of outdoor rugs by American brand ‘Fab Habitat’ last year (not to be confused with ‘Habitat’!), here are the gorgeous new designs and matching pouffes for 2015.

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Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age & SubQ Eyes Advanced Serum Review

April 30, 2015
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Hello dear readers So you may have seen from my Instagram feed that I’ve been away on the Amalfi Coast for 5 days (much more on that later), and I posted a shot against a rainy back drop of the new Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age & SubQ Anti-Age Eyes Advanced Serum. These launched mid-April in Boots, [...]

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Sage Advice from Burts Bees

April 28, 2015
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The Burt’s Bees Clary Sage range is absolutely fantastic for dry and mature skin. And that’s backed up both by their own ongoing research and from me – I’ve been using the whole range since November and my skin looks and feels hydrated and plumped, despite the harsh winter and weird transitional patch we’re in [...]

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Cheeki Hangers

April 21, 2015
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One of the great things about having a blog is that you get to big up your friends when they launch a new business venture. Here’s a very cheeki enterprise from my friend Emma. Cheeki Limited is a “tongue in cheeki” new business venture from Tom Lakeman (artist) and Emma Woolrych (fashion photographer). The business [...]

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Why it’s important to stop using Sulphates in hair care.

April 15, 2015
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Many concerns surround the widespread use of Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and its relatives sodium laureth sulphate (SLeS), sodium coco sulphate and ammonium lauryl sulphate (ALS). So much so that ‘sulphate free shampoo’ is now a relatively accessible choice at retailers and hairdressers. Used for many years, the sulphate ‘family’ is found widely as a [...]

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Areej Dubai Beauty Campaign

April 13, 2015
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For my Dubai readers… here is a recent beauty campaign that I worked on for Areej, with photographer Claire Harrison. Special thanks to my assistant Rosie Hope for her help on the day, it was an incredibly hectic shoot!

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Plant a Tree for Earth Month with Paul Mitchell

April 9, 2015
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  Celebrate Earth Month by joining Paul Mitchell® Tea Tree in The Green Takeover and help us reach a total of 300,000 trees planted by the end of April 2015. For the second year in row, Tea Tree, the eco-conscious brand from Paul Mitchell® is partnering with Reforest’Action, a Paris-based environmental organization that plants trees worldwide to reforest [...]

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Silk Skin Mask Sheets & Rosa Damascena Essence Mist

April 8, 2015
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001 Skincare, London unveils its Asian-inspired Silk Skin Mask Sheets and 99% Rosa Damascena Essence Mist.  Launching 16 April at Fortnum & Mason, London.   Silk Skin Mask Sheets (pack of 10 & 1 mask jar £35) Asian-born, 001 founder Ada knows the best material for mask sheets is made of silk fibres. The natural silk fibres contain natural [...]

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Dry Eye Gel for Hayfever Sufferers

April 8, 2015
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Soothing gel for hay fever eyes Dry, itchy skin around the eyes is a common side effect of hay fever. The constant tears typical of hay fever coupled with frequent eye rubbing due to itchiness in the eyes causes the skin around the eye to become dry, itchy and inflamed. Sufferers often describe the skin [...]

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Baking is officially sexy

March 30, 2015
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A selection of the bread I made on Ma Baker’s course   Review of the Indytute Bread Making Course, London SW6 Several years ago, the launch of the TV series The Great British Bake Off changed us forever. Almost overnight we became a nation obsessed with baking, for pleasure, for competition, for showing off to [...]

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

March 12, 2015
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It’s time to thank our truly special Mums for being Mums. As I see my friends popping out children into the world and onto their Facebook feeds left, right and centre, I think I can finally sympathise with just how tough my Mum had it. 3 kids, the main housekeeper and a full-time career teaching [...]

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NAÎF: Beautiful Products for Baby…And Mother!

March 3, 2015
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I had the pleasure of testing Baby Care brand NAÎF on a very special Guinnea Pig…my best friend Aisha’s brand new baby, Zahra! She’s a little bundle of delicious diddyness, who likes to sleep most of the time, occasionally waking up to give a little grin and then falling back to sleep. I’m rather smitten.

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