Monthly Archives: May 2015

Beauty as nature intended


When it comes to beauty, I’ve learned that good skin is more about what goes into my body than what goes onto it. No amount of anti-wrinkle cream is going to help my lines if I don’t drink enough water and nothing will hide the dark circles if I am deprived of sleep.

I don’t always practice what I preach, but the one thing I try to maintain is a bathroom cabinet of chemical-free, ‘safe’ products for me and my family. Because whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into our body and our bloodstream. Scarily so.

Fortunately, safe doesn’t have to mean boring. Being Content is a little apothecary of holistic beauty and skincare products in Marylebone, London, with cult, cool beauty brands that are all free of synthetic chemicals. It’s so much more inspiring than going to a big department store beauty counter – and I feel reassured by their strict criteria concerning what goes into the products they stock (read their list of what is deemed to be toxic here).


Warm smiles and a wealth of knowledge at Being Content

Here are 5 products I can’t live without, all found at Being Content:

1. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream. £14. Rub a small amount of this dry paste under your armpits, stay fresh and clean all day. It works a treat and lasts forever. Prepare to be amazed.

2. RMS Beauty Lipshine in Sacred. £22. Quite possibly the freshest, prettiest red on the planet. As seen on Miranda Kerr. I love everything Rose-Marie Swift does (special RMS blog post coming soon).


Miranda Kerr wears RMS Beauty

3. MV gentle cream cleanser. £34.50. So soft, I can’t believe it lifts all the debris so well. For blissfully clean, soothed, non-squeaky skin. And a rose scent that’s good for the soul.

4. Dr Alkalitis organic enzyme exfoliating mask. £47.75. I have angry skin, so the word exfoliate terrifies me. This is made from oats and is so pure you could eat it.

5. Therapie Roques O’Neill Joie Uplifting Bath Infusion. £44. I used to visit Michelle Roques-O’Neill for aromatherapy massage and was thrilled to see her products on their shelves. This one has magic in it, I swear.


Sadly, I have yet to find a match for my Armani foundation and I’m too vain to give it up. But I remain hopeful, and willing to down a few extra gallons of water to help my organs process the rubbish in it. Cheers.


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Being Content: 14 Bulstrode St, Marylebone, London, W1U 2JG
+44(0)20 3075 1006


Feldenkrais for an easier life


I had intended to write about giving your wardrobe an overhaul, since this time of year is particularly great for a purge – letting go of what’s not working and creating space for the new. But yesterday I went to a Feldenkrais class and I am adamant that this miraculous method is more effective at cleansing and shifting than anything else I have ever come across. And it just so happens to be International Feldenkrais Awareness Week, so the least I can do is spread the word.


Feldenkrais (ah the beauty of the written word…I can’t pronounce it…) is a form of movement. The class starts with something simple like turning the head from side to side, then through a series of variations that become quite strange (think lots of rocking) every limb and organ and tissue joins in and after 90 minutes you are rolling around and your body is doing the most amazing things, deeply and effortlessly – and loving you for it.

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If you’re a Barry’s Boot Camp addict you’ll probably hate it. No sweat, no struggle and most of the class is spent lying down (brilliant!), but for all its subtlety and ease the result is ridiculously powerful.

I left feeling light, tall, strong and a bit giddy – with the teacher’s words ringing in my ears: “Do only what feels good. Don’t over-think it. We start with small, easy movements and build up to bigger ones because then the big stuff will be easy too.”

In a world where we (I) make life difficult, by over-thinking, over-reacting and over-complicating, Feldenkrais reminds us to take the easy route.

So today is about small steps. The wardrobe overhaul can wait till next week. Start by getting rid of one item of clothing that doesn’t make you feel good. Then try a Feldenkrais class. Now give yourself a pat on the back.

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