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  • Anita Bhagwandas on instinctive beauty

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    From reporting on the latest advances in skincare technology and vampire facials to writing about the emotional associations of perfume, Anita Bhagwandas knows a thing or two about beauty. Never afraid to think outside the make-up box, the award-winning journalist shared what she's learned about trusting your instincts when it comes to finding a style that truly expresses who you are.

    From the moment we’re born, so much our ourselves belongs to other people. Our carers pick the clothes we wear until we’re old enough to pick them ourselves. Our bookshelves contain the tomes lauded in verbose newspaper reviews we’re told are epic and so often our careers are chosen from a mixture of parental, societal and economic choices we make.

    Our beauty choices follow the same path – scarily pre-conditioned and seemingly impossible to make totally autonomously. Our earliest forays into make-up came from copying our friends huddled around one illicit Heatherberry lipstick stolen from Boots (sorry mum) or what we gleaned from teen magazines as a barometer of cool. And yet – if you think about it, I mean really think about it - we’re still following that same approach.

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  • Emily Johnston on the Joy of Missing Out

    emily_fashion_foie_grasWe asked blogger Emily Johnston aka Fashion Foie Gras to tell us why staying in is as good as (or even better than) going out...

    'Everyone is going on about FOMO (the fear of missing out), and I have to be honest and say this has to be the most anxiety producing phenomenon to hit our world since the invention of the mobile phone. Of course there is great satisfaction in taking part in the great big world that exists outside the safety of our own homes, but this year I'm taking a step back and embracing the idea of JOMO (the joy of missing out).'

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  • Festive Spirits...

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    Not that we ever really need an excuse, but Christmas feels like the perfect moment to open a bottle of something sparkling and mix up a cocktail that's fresh, festive and pink. We asked Matteo Battistello, bars manager at Soho House 76 Dean Street, for a recommendation. Here's what he suggested.

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  • Winter Skin SOS

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    We asked Cowshed Educator and Training Manager Jess Sproson what skincare she would recommend to get an unhappy complexion back on track.

    'Skin can really suffer at this time of year - it’s cold, then it’s wet, then it’s sunny and we’re going in and out of heated homes, offices and public transport. Other factors including stress can result in skin feeling dry, sensitive, red, itchy and suffering from breakouts. Not good, especially going into the party season when it's fun to play with shimmery make-up and rich shades that rely on a perfectly-prepped base. So, here's what I'd advise. Firstly, it all depends on your skin type:

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  • Wintry Windows at Cowshed Carnaby

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    If you're in the Carnaby Street neighbourhood doing some shopping, duck down the cobbled lane that leads to the Cowshed spa to see our festive windows (why not stock up on Christmas presents and treat yourself to a speedy mani while you're at it?) We took the bespoke lino-cut illustration by artist Clare Melinsky that decorates our Christmas gift collection and turned it into a windowscape that captures the beauty of the English countryside in mid-winter and a cosy, candlelit Babington House, where the Cowshed story began.

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  • Introducing Wild Nutrition

    In our spas, we offer touch therapy and great food and drink in a warm, welcoming environment but we know that our customers’ emotional and general wellbeing need to be addressed too, so we're now offering supplements to sit alongside our feel-good treatments. The capsule collection (forgive the pun) of food-grown supplements is by Wild Nutrition, founded by nutritionist Henrietta Norton and her husband Charles.

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    Henrietta developed the range of food-grown supplements after noticing that some of her clients were unable to process synthetic nutrients effectively, or even had adverse reactions to them. In the course of her research she discovered that this is due to ‘methylation’ – genetic variations which means the body struggles to proces synthetic forms of supplements such as vitamin B5. She realised as a nutritional therapist that she only wanted to work with natural, food-grown nutrients.

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  • Interview with the artist Clare Melinsky

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    As part of our twentieth birthday celebrations this year, we commissioned artist Clare Melinsky to create bespoke lino-cut illustrations of Babington House and the surrounding Somerset countryside to decorate our Christmas collection. After all, the walled garden at Babington is where the Cowshed story began. We spoke to Clare about her career and how she approached this particular project.

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  • Ace of Base

    We’re known for the therapeutic benefits of the famous essential oil fragrance blends in our Moods, but did you know the base oils in our products pack a punch too? Here we give these hardworking, all-natural ingredients their own moment in the spotlight. Look out for them in our Bath & Body Oils as well as our Scrubs and Face Oils.

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  • Our new Advent Calendar is here

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    It doesn’t feel like Christmas ‘til you’ve opened the first door on your advent calendar. Instead of chocolates, ours is filled with our best-loved products for you to indulge throughout the festive season. And this year, our limited edition calendar features a beautiful wintry illustration by artist Clare Melinsky of Babington House , where our story began twenty years ago. It's a wonderful gift for someone special, or a treat to yourself to kick off your Christmas celebrations.

    If you can't stand the suspense, here's what the calendar contains...

    Lavender Gentle Cleanser, muslin cloth, Chamomile Refreshing Toner, Quinoa Hydrating Daily Moisturiser, Lippy Cow Lip Balm, Cow Pit Deodorant Spray, Cow Pat Moisturising Hand Cream, Apricot Nourishing Cuticle Oil, Cow Slip Soothing Hand Cream, manicure gloves, Cow Slip Natural Antibacterial Hand Gel, Cow Herb Moisturising Hand Cream, Dirty Cow Freshening Hand Wash, Cowlick Gentle Shampoo, Saucy Cow Conditioner, Knackered Cow Relaxing Body Lotion, Knackered Cow Relaxing Bath & Shower Gel, Sleepy Cow Body & Pillow Mist, Knackered Bath & Body Oil, Moody Cow Body Lotion, Gorgeous Cow Bath & Shower Gel, Gorgeous Cow Body Lotion, Wild Bath & Shower Gel, Lazy Bath & Shower Gel.

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  • How To Use Wonder Balm

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    Whether on your bathroom shelf or in your handbag, our new multi-tasking Wonder Balm has you covered. There are many ways to use it, but one of our favourites is as a hot cloth cleanser - a quick and simple ritual that will leave you with velvety-soft skin. Here’s how to do it:

    1. Massage a pea-sized amount of Wonder Balm into dry skin, working the balm into facial muscles.

    2. Dampen a muslin cloth in warm water, wring it out and hold over your face, pressing to open the pores and help the balm penetrate the skin.

    3. Wipe off any residue, taking care to use gentle upward motions so as not to pull the skin.

    4. Rinse your face with water and splash with cold water to close pores.

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    Julia Rebaudo of lifestyle blog Stylonylon is also a fan. Here's what she thinks:

    ‘I absolutely adore the new Wonder Balm. A multipurpose balm is especially brilliant for travelling and I've been working it hard these last couple of weeks in Portugal, multi-tasking as a last-thing-at-night lip balm, on my ever-dry heels and as an extra barrier of protection for my clavicle bones where my skin is thin and delicate; plus it's perfect for small cuts and grazes pre-plaster with Gus and every few days I've been applying as a night facemask to rehydrate my skin after a day in the sun. I've even been using it to remove my mascara!’ Julia Rebaudo, @stylonylon

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