Cacay Naturals 100% Oil – Natural, Organic Skincare That Packs a Punch

May 12, 2016
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  Cacay Oil is the latest ‘wonder oil’ to hit the hugely overcrowded skin care market and comes from wild harvest Cacay trees in the Colombian Amazon. High-end facial skincare sales have largely been flat over the past year, but face-oil sales surged 24 percent to $42 million, data from NPD Group show. They’ve more than doubled [...]

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14 Things I learned living in ‘conscious community’

March 1, 2016
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1. I’ve learned that wherever you go, there you are. No truer words have been spoken, there’s simply no escaping yourself. I naively thought that community living could be the answer to my problems, might soothe the lifelong solitude in my soul, but was rapidly disavowed of this notion. 2. In a similar vein, I’ve [...]

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Off the beaten track – Ko Jum, Thailand

February 3, 2016
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Ko Jum Island, 25 miles south of Krabi, is just a short ferry ride away (350 baht, departing Krabi port at 11.30am daily) and is still something of an off-the-beaten-track paradise. Mercifully free of late night bars pumping out cheesy house music along the shoreline, it still has a sleepy, laid back vibe, punctuated by [...]

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Discover the Antidote to Shame

January 24, 2016
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  Every afternoon at the New Life Foundation, the residents benefit from workshops ranging from topics such as mindfulness, self development, addiction recovery, creativity, and communication skills. This week, Life Coach Samina facilitated a workshop addressing the sticky topic of ‘Shame’. Centred around Brene Brown’s excellent and surprisingly humorous TED talk on vulnerability and shame, [...]

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What is EMDR Therapy? A Personal Experience.

January 24, 2016
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One of the many great things about New Life is the number of different therapeutic modalities on offer, ranging from refuge recovery for addiction, the Hakomi method, TRE, Dance Mandala, EFT, Art therapy, core process psychotherapy and more. We are currently very fortunate to have Ani Konchog on the Life Coach team again this year. [...]

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Photo blog of Vientiane, Laos

January 23, 2016
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Last month I made a short trip to Vientiane, Laos to renew my Thai visa so that I could return to the New Life Foundation to resume volunteering. I’d heard that there isn’t a huge amount to do in Vientiane and this proved fairly accurate, but it does have its own charm. Once a French [...]

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The Wilderness Reserve, a Luxury Bolt-Hole from London

January 15, 2016
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 My abridged review of the Wilderness Reserve for the February issue of Absolutely Magazine   Sibton Park  The Wilderness Reserve, Suffolk, once a great Palladian estate dating back to the 18th century, now consists of 4,500 acres of land purchased over a number of years by a private investor. This privatisation of national assets that the [...]

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An Upmarket Stag Weekend in Morocco

January 9, 2016
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With the rise in budget airlines there has been a huge increase in pre-wedding tourism (stag and hen holidays to you and me). In fact, as many of my 30-something friends began tying the knot, I received such a slew of hen holiday invitations, that navigating the unenviable minefield of which to accept and which [...]

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How this committed rule breaker learned to find comfort in structure

January 6, 2016
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  It’s safe to say that I am somewhat of an anti-authoritarian. Perhaps one of the reasons I am so attracted to Buddhism is that it invites you to “see for yourself”, to test out this set of guidelines for living to see if they work for you, rather than buying into some ancient dogma. I [...]

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Part Two – Listen to your heart

October 28, 2015
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“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 [...]

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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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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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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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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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The Elemis Spa at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel, Excel

February 13, 2015
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The Sunborn Yacht Hotel is something of a floating gin palace, a 420ft motorless yacht, with 135 rooms moored in the docks near ExCel, a mere 15-minute taxi ride from London City Airport. A spa on a moored yacht sounds impossibly glamorous, so I was happy to drag myself out into the freezing cold weather [...]

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Vegan Lipsticks from Lippy Girl

October 28, 2014
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Lippy Girl Makeup was founded by Darcey Diehl, a working mother from Vancouver BC.  After her 1st pregnancy, Darcey began to evaluate the foods she consumed, becoming a think-a-tarian and watching carefully what she put in her body.  During her second pregnancy Darcey extended this to what she put on her body, and began to investigate the [...]

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