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OK, we are hurtling towards month number 3 of the year (a quarter of the way through!) but I wanted to debut a long-awaited look with my hair – kinky curls.

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My first cut and colour of 2014 is taking an exciting step forward with me embracing the natural waves and curls all because my hair is getting longer. This also means giving my hair a break from the heated styling tools used nearly every day and letting me have an extra hour in bed, not to mention the fraction of the time it will take to get ready.

However, I did have a little help with the new style from The Wand by Cloud Nine. My stylist Georgia introduced me to the wonders of the Wand when I popped in for a cut and colour at the weekend. She was confident using it on me would guarantee long-lasting natural curls. Well I wasn’t so sure. I have had my hair curled with other styling tools including straighteners and they always fall out after a few hours. But almost 12 hours later as well as battling through gale force winds, my curls with the Wand are still holding up as I type this.

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I’m not sure if it’s because the curling wand is ceramic (therefore kinder to the hair) or that it’s temperature controlled or simply that it’s Cloud Nine which can do no wrong but I do know it took less time than blow-drying. Georgia’s advice? Don’t look in the mirror when styling with the Wand and don’t focus on trying to make it look symmetrical or it will frankly look crap.

I’ve had a yo-yo of a journey with my barnet, trying to grow it but then having to chop it off to regain strength. I know I sing the praises of the salon I’ve been going to for three solid years but The Chapel has been with me every step of the way including the low points. An excellent salon will nurture your hair so if you’ve found the one, don’t let it go.

Thank you, Georgia and Billie, I’m thrilled with my new hair and I’m definitely going to try to recreate the look too.

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Oh L’Occitane, you know how to brighten up a dull day. I can’t stop starting at these colourful tins you’ve bestowed upon me – a new collection of shea butter body creams to shield my skin from the bitter, cold weather currently sweeping the country while also reminding me spring is only a few weeks away.

L’Occitane’s Shea Butter Hand Cream has enveloped my hands during winter. So much so that I squeezed every last bit from the giant limited edition tube that was released last year so when I saw these body creams also contained shea butter (10% mixed combined with enticing scents), I knew I would get the same treatment all over.

There are three to tempt you with: Vanilla Bouquet, Rose Heart and Zesty Lime (the one I made a beeline for immediately). Depending on your mood, one (if not all) will take your fancy. It’s easy to guess what kind of feeling they give off: Vanilla Bouquet is deliciously warm, Lime Zesty is bright, tangy and refreshing and Rose Heart is tender and sensual.

The creams are soft like whipped cream and absorb into the skin without any greasy residue, exactly like every cream product from L’Occitane. I like to use the vanilla one if I’m having a shower in the evenings whereas the Zesty Lime is something I reserve for the morning as its fresh scent awakens the senses.

The colourful tins alone are too pretty to resist as well and are easy to slip into your travel bag. L’Occitane’s new Shea Butter Ultra Soft Creams are priced at £18 for 100ml and are available from today. Which one will you go for?

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Hello, you beautiful people. I have some exciting news for you! Elemis has once again paired up with home shopping channel QVC for another fantastic Today’s Special Value Collection and it goes live at midnight tonight!

FEB_2014_TSV-PRO_INTENSE-AA-CMYKFor one day only, the offer is a 5-piece Anti-Ageing Today’s Special Value Collection containing the award-winning Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (150ml), Gentle Rose Exfoliator (50ml) and Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm (50ml).

That’s not all. There are two more products also added to the mix with the choice between Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml) and Pro-Collagen Advanced Treatment (15ml) for those concerned with fine lines and wrinkles or (all five products worth £148.50) or Pro-Intense Lift Effect Day Lotion (30ml) and Pro-Intense Eye and Lip Contour Cream (15ml) for those concerned with sagging skin and loss of firmness (all five products worth £199.50).

This offer is available on QVC’s channel and their website www.qvcuk.com (while stocks last) for just £62 – an absolute bargain when you tot up the value of each individual item and realise you are saving up to £137.50. Grab it early, if you can!

QVC can be found on Sky Digital channel 640, Freeview Channel 16, Virgin channel 740 or Freesat channel 800.

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