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So, what’s all this about clean beauty?

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We’re a bit over clean eating, so what would make us want to go pure and natural on the beauty front? Alice du Parcq sifts through the claims – and gives credit to some genuinely good products  There’s a beauty movement happening right now that might be coming to a bathroom cabinet near you soon. …

Have we really reached “peak beauty”?

The new beauty trend on social media is not buying make-up. Fair enough, says Laura Craik. But the thrill of the occasional, well-chosen purchase should never be underestimated . On Saturday, I popped into a Mac store. The shop was heaving. Gaggles of women were talking excitedly, their hands livid with stripes of lipstick, daubs …

The beauty products we’ve loved the longest

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Mascaras may come and go, but it’s these products that have earned their place as The Pool’s long-term beauty loves  . Beauty journos – we’re a fickle bunch. Fond as you like of a product until a newer, better model comes along and we’re on to the next one. So, when one sticks and makes …

There’s no gain in painful beauty treatments

Extreme peels and zombie face masks are being sold as the new beauty must-haves, says Laura Craik. When will the industry wake up to the fact that we don’t want to suffer to be beautiful? Which of the following headlines is made up? 1) 1) “Is Face Slapping the Key to an Energetic Gleam?” 2) …

How I finally learnt to put my make-up on properly

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Growing up and getting worse at applying her make-up, rather than better, Lucy Dunn took to YouTube. One epiphany and seven tips later, here’s what she’s learnt . Recently, I had a make-up epiphany. After years of slapping on slap in the same way I’d always done – ie quickly and with not much thought …

What it’s really like to have psoriasis 

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Having been recently diagnosed with psoriasis, Hannah Banks-Walker tries to shed some light on the common skin condition I’m a known hypochondriac. As someone fortunate enough to have pretty good health, I go to see the doctor more regularly than most. I’m quick to jump to conclusions about any sort of symptoms and I genuinely …

The idiot-proof guide to summer glam

Queen of “can’t be bothered” Daisy Buchanan shares her lazy summer beauty tips. In theory, I adore summer, possibly because I labour under the misapprehension that it is my sexiest season. In the way that I see tiny jeans and think they could magically sculpt my thighs into slenderness, like denim jelly moulds, I see pictures …

Here’s how I’ve learnt to deal with rosacea

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It can feel isolating when it’s so rarely discussed, says Lex Gillies, but since developing the condition at the age of 21, she’s worked out some tips to keep flare-ups at bay. When I was diagnosed with rosacea, I had never even heard of it. I had always been fair-skinned, pinky-toned and blushed easily. Most …

“Basically, I am a walking fringe”

Basically, I am a walking fringe

Disaster dye jobs, DIY haircuts and finally getting it right – Claudia Winkleman on her famous fringe   . I feel like I probably came out of the womb with a full fringe – I can’t remember not having one. When I was little, my mum liked me to look quite old-fashioned: I had sensible shoes, …