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Winter travel: Skiing in the Alps

January 28th, 2013 | Comments Off | permalink

by Katy Moon

 

Does the thought of snow-capped mountains, relaxing in cute chalets and wearing brightly coloured ski gear fill you with excitement?

These lovely things appealed very much to me when my housemate invited me on a ski trip to Val d’Isère in the French Alps. My big concern was that I’d never skied before. Only a few weeks ago I thought that salopettes were a type of puppetry (it turns out they are padded ski trousers) and a snow plow was a vehicle used to disperse the white stuff (of course it’s also a nifty ‘brake’ manoeuvre to bring you to a halt when you’re skiing).

 

But after a spending a week on a Mark Warner beginners’ ski holiday, I’ve picked up a few essential skills to survive on the slopes.  Here’s how I got on – along with some winter sports break beauty tips…

 

As I ventured to the mountains on the first day, I was filled with hope when a trail of small children zoomed past me with the fearlessness of mini Eddie the Eagles. “Surely skiing can’t be that difficult, I reassured myself.”

 

Unfortunately, in the same vein as Eddy from Absolutely Fabulous and Bridget Jones, I wasn’t a natural at the sport. But my ski instructor, Chris, was very patient and rescued me when I fell over (a lot). By the end of the week I could do turns and snow plows and learnt the most important rule of skiing according to Chris: ‘Don’t panic!’

 

While skiing proved a challenge, I fell in love with the magical resort of Val d’Isère. The chalets and hotels are iced with a thick layer of snow and look like gingerbread houses, with fairy lights twinkling from the rooftops. One of my highlights was swimming in the heated outdoor pool at the Mark Warner hotel while it was snowing – it was amazing!

 

During my ski holiday I also learnt a few beauty lessons…

 

Beauty tips for skiing

1) It might be cold on the slopes but the sun’s harmful rays are still at work – so apply sun block and don’t forget to protect your lips with a SPF lip balm, such as the Gardeners Lip Butter with SPF 15. A healthy glow is becoming, but a face you could fry a full English breakfast on is never a good look.

 

2) Skin requires extra TLC in cold weather conditions, so make sure you use a rich moisturiser after showering. No matter how quickly you want to get back into your ski gear (or PJs), we recommend slathering on Crabtree & Evelyn’s Goatmilk Body Cream, blended with lavender and alpine flowers.

 

3) Wear gloves on the slopes, as hanging on to an icy cold pole on a ski lift is not a pleasant experience. Also, treat yourself to our flight friendly La Source Great Escapes set, which contains a Hand Therapy to nourish mitts, Body Lotion, Body Wash, a Nail Buffer and a Cotton Case.

 

4) To avoid blisters from snow and ski boots, invest in good quality ski socks or ‘tubes’ as they are also known. Après ski, take care of your tootsies by indulging in a La Source Effervescent Sea Foam Foot Soak and applying La Source Ultra-Moisturising Foot Therapy.

 

5) After a long day perfecting your snow plow – your muscles will be aching. So take a dip in the tub with Gardeners Soothing Muscle Soak and then you’ll be ready to glam or groom up and enjoy the delights of après ski.

 

Beat the big chill with our winter skin care tips

November 15th, 2012 | Comments Off | permalink

 

Winter offers up plenty of good things. We love eating porridge for breakfast, spending cosy candlelit nights in front of the TV and buying new knitwear. But while many of us are quick to indulge in comforting food and snuggle up in warm clothes as the big chill beckons, we don’t always think about giving our beauty routine an overhaul to combat the cold climate. And we really should! Party season is almost upon us and dry, cracked skin is never a good look.

 

So follow our tips and begin your new winter beauty rituals today. You’ll soon have skin as soft as the Christmas Fairy and smell just as divine. (OK, we haven’t met her – we’ve just heard the rumours).

 

Take a soak

Suffering from dull dry skin? Give yourself a moisturising radiance boost with Crabtree & Evelyn’s glamorous new Golden Petals range. The Bubble Bath and Body Wash contains glycerine to hydrate skin and lathers up well. Follow by moisturising with the Silkening Body Nectar, which goes on like a dream. If you’re off on a night out, add some extra sparkle by spraying your skin with the Shimmering Body Mist. It gives a subtle shimmer and the sweet musky fragrance is feminine and uplifting.

 

Blitz your mitts 

One of the hazards of the cold weather is suffering from dry and cracked skin on your hands. So it’s important to protect your mitts and lock some much-needed moisture back into your skin. The best solution is to make sure you carry a Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy on you at all times and reapply regularly. At this time of year we love using the Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed range. It’s well worth investing in the Hand Recovery Scrub, too. As well as exfoliating the skin, it is also super-moisturising and you will instantly notice that your hands are softer. Plus, the pomegranate fragrance is fruity and subtly festive.

 

Toe-tally worth it

It might not be sandal season but that’s no reason to neglect your feet – and if you do you’ll get a nasty shock when it’s flip flop time again. So while you are enjoying a night in front of the TV, why not treat your feet to a home pedicure? Revive cold tired tootsies by soaking them in a bowl with a sachet of La Source Foot Soak, then exfoliate with the Warming Foot Smoother, and finally towel them dry and moisturise with the Foot Remedy. OK, now you can put your fluffy slipper socks on and relax.

 

Get lippy

Kisses under a canopy of stars and fireworks could get awkward if you have lips as rough as Christmas tree bark. So pamper your pout with Crabtree & Evelyn’s moisturising Lip Butters. If you want some sparkle for the evenings then slick on one of the new Shimmer Lip Glosses.

Our current favourite is the Red Sparkle Shimmer, which tingles on application and has a minty candy cane flavour. Yum!

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our skin care tips. Stay warm and moisturised this winter, readers.

Winter style file

November 9th, 2012 | Comments Off | permalink

 

If you’re anything like us, you’re probably getting to the stage where you’ve discovered that the clothes you stored away from last winter aren’t quite as lovely as you’d remembered. If that’s the case it’s definitely time for a wardrobe update. But before you hit the shops, check out these hot trends for AW12 and matching beauty buys…

 

1920s

The Downton Abbey effect has had a big impact on the fashion world, with the Crawley women becoming trendsetters, and that includes unlikely style icon Countess Dowager. Think sequins, pearls, flapper girl dresses, faux fur stoles and decorative capes. Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is set to hit the big screen next year, so the 20s trend is here to stay until well into 2013.  Get the flapper girl look with this dress from Jigsaw – it’s perfect for Christmas parties.

 

Beautify it with: Evelyn Rose Eau de Perfume, the packaging is inspired by the Art Deco period and the fragrance has a classically romantic essence.

 

Winter florals

Floral prints aren’t just for warm summer days. Steady on… leave that bright flowery dress in vacuum pack storage bag for now. Instead, invest in some bewitching dark floral prints that suit the seasonal mood.

We’re talking dresses, skirts, shirts and trousers with prints that look like a midnight garden. If you’re feeling bold you could wear floral prints from top to toe. However, we’d rather leave that to the catwalk models and snap up this dress from Monsoon. It’s blooming lovely.

 

Beautify it with: Give your home an enchanted forest feel with Crabtree & Evelyn’s new Winter Garden Reed Diffuser. To us it smells just like Christmas 2012.

 

English Heritage

Countryside chic is a wearable every day trend for AW12 and strikes a balance between comfort and style. Go all out on the English heritage front with tweed, sheepskin, cable knits, Barbour jackets, Hunter wellies and riding boots. Hone your inner lady of the manor with these tweed gloves from John Lewis. The underside of the gloves are made with touch screen friendly leather, so you there’s no need to get cold hands while fiddling with your iPad.

 

Beautify it with: Heritage Soaps (our seasonal favourite is Crabapple & Mulberry) which is as delightful as an autumnal English hedgerow.

 

Embellishment

The festive season is always about glitz and glamour and there’s a magpie-like obsession with trims and sparkles for AW12. From pretty beads, sequins and crystals to edgy faux fur trims, feathers and studs, embellishment is one of the biggest trends this season.  A clever way to update your wardrobe is with an embellished statement necklace. We’re rather taken with this multi stone necklace from Nordstorm.

 

Beautify it with: Golden Petals Shimmering Body Mist, which will give your skin a subtle sparkle and has a musky floral scent.

 

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