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Cornwall mums "most pampered" on Mother’s Day

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The most pampered mums in the Britain are from Cornwall, and mums in the county receive the most lavish gifts on Mother’s Day, says beauty retailer

On average the amount spent last year on perfume and beauty gifts for Cornish mum’s was £62.44, and Falmouth, in Cornwall, was Britain’s most generous town with sons and daughters spending £106 on average on Mother’s Day presents.

Northallerton in North Yorkshire had the lowest average spend in Britain for Mother’s Day at £7.12.

The five most generous towns were:
  • Falmouth in Cornwall (£106),
  • Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire (£102),
  • Pudsey in West Yorkshire (£97.62),
  • Bicester in Oxfordshire (£91),
  • Nuneaton in Warwickshire (£88)

While the five most pampered counties in Great Britain were:
  • Cornwall (£62.44),
  • South Glamorgan (£60.35),
  • Warwickshire (£55.74),
  • Derbyshire (£55.39),
  • Oxfordshire (£54.90)

The five least generous towns were:
  • Northallerton in North Yorkshire (£7.12),
  • Wallasey in Merseyside (£11.95),
  • Epsom in Surrey (£12.32),
  • Silchester in Hampshire (£16.50),
  • Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire (£18.50)

And the least generous counties were:
  • Shropshire (£26.51),
  • South Humberside (£29.76),
  • Ayrshire (£30.40),
  • Dorset (£30.84),
  • Herefordshire (£32.19)

The results, compiled from their nationwide Mother’s Day sales figures, also show that British sons and daughters spend an average of £41.23 on beauty and perfume gifts for their mums. CEO Rakesh Aggarwal said: "There was a huge variation on expenditure for Mother’s Day gifts across the Britain but Cornwall, and Falmouth in particular, were by far the most generous. But it’s the thought that counts on Mother’s Day, so any present given on the day will always be cherished."’s best selling Mother’s Day products so far for this year are:

1) Crabtree & Evelyn Happy Hands Gift Set
2) Tisserand Luxury Bath Soak
3) Roger & Gallet Perfumed Soaps Gifts Set
4) Tisserand Soothing Wheat Cushion
5) Guerlain Rouge Automatique Lipstick

Words by Katy Pearson

How to get the look...

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Daniel-Galvin1If you're anything like me, you will have been swooning over the glamorous ladies of Dancing on The Edge wishing you could recreate the sexy, but simple hairstyles.

Luckily Asgar Saboo, hair stylist to the stars, was happy to give me a little tutorial on how to create one such look, the Marcel wave.

The timeless hairstyles of Joan Crawford and Greta Garbo embodied femininity in its finest form and are regularly recreated by Hollywood stars of today. The 1920's and 1930's saw the rise of the popular Marcel Wave which was coined by hair revolutionary Francois Marcel. His equipment aimed to produce a deep glamorous wave which was more of a permanent fixture in comparison to the finger waves of the 1920's.

Hair stylist to the stars Asgar Saboo who has styled the hair of some of the most aspirational women across various decades including style icon Cindy Crawford and Twiggy, suggests how you can achieve this look using modern day appliances.

What you will need:

Heat Protector Spray
Hair Spray (Medium Hold)
Paddle Brush
Sectioning Clip
Pin Tail Comb
Medium Heated Rollers (Ordinary rollers can also be used but it may take up to 3 hours for the hair to set)
Small Heated Rollers Curling iron

How to achieve - Marcel Waves:

Apply a golf ball of mousse to damp hair distributing evenly throughout. Rough dry the hair using a hair-dryer and paddle brush.

Using a pin tail comb, part the hair to the desired side and section the heavy side forward of the ear. Clip the hair with a sectioning clip so that it is ready for you to come back to.

Roll the remaining hair in medium sized heated rollers aiming the roller inwards. Ensure that each section of hair that you are rolling is approximately 1-2 inch wide depending on how big you would like the waves to be. Lightly spritz each piece of hair with a heat protector spray before doing so.

Roll the front section that you had previously sectioned using a clip into small heated rollers. Allow all rollers to cool in the hair.

Sculpt waves with a comb to achieve the desired look. Spray with a little hairspray to hold.

Unroll the rollers from the front section of your hair and brush the hair gently. Pull the section taught for a few seconds and slowly allow it to relax until the ridges of the wave begin to show.

Place the curling iron so that the clip is beneath the wave and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat this step to the next undulation. To further deepen the wave you may pull the iron one way and the remaining hair the other.

Simply brush through using a paddle brush to solidify the hairstyle and spray the hair with hairspray.

Daniel-Galvin-01-590The Finished Product

Ageing Spa-fully

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It isn’t hard to see the enjoyable side of spa; the word is synonymous with relaxation, indulgence and the more enjoyable side of health. What is perhaps a little lesser known however is the practical impact it can have, particularly as we get a little older.

A spa isn’t necessarily the first port of call for most of us when we are looking for a solution to a health problem, or even something we would seriously consider incorporating into our wider health routine. However, choose the right venue and you will find a wealth of expertise and practical advice available for everything from coping with the menopause to help with insomnia, eczema and psoriasis, rheumatism, nutrition, and general health and fitness...

Greyshott spa


For some women it’s a life event that has very little impact, while for others menopause leaves an indelible and often intolerable mark on their day-to-day lives. However, while it often remains a somewhat unspoken trauma, an increasing number of experts are working on holistic methods and lifestyle solutions with long term effects. At Grayshott Hotel Spa, Maryon Stewart, who started the Women’s Natural Advisory Service, has implemented her specialised programmes to advise women both during and after they reach the menopause, to make the transition as seamless as possible, or even to improve your health afterwards!


Sulphur water is known for its healing properties in terms of many different health concerns, thanks to both the temperatures and the natural mineral content. At Ayii Anargyri in Cyprus, the springs in the hillsides fill the spa’s hydrotherapy pools, and prove particularly soothing when it comes to rheumatic diseases and chronic joint inflammation. It has been known to improve mobility, as well as ease pain.

Eczema and Psoriasis

Anyone who has a skin condition whether it’s severe dry skill, eczema, or psoriasis, will know that skin conditions can be a problem for any of us at any stage in our lives, and treating them is an ongoing battle. Often creams, lotions and potions seem to initially treat the surface but don’t have a long lasting effect either on discomfort or appearance. At Donnington Valley, they offer an Aqua Sun Mineral Treatment, which sees you soak under a UV canopy, in a bath containing 21 minerals and organic plant extracts from the Dead Sea. As a source of Vitamin D, it has a particularly positive effect on soothing skin conditions, while also countering Seasonal Affected Disorder, acne, and aiding detox.


Again, insomnia, and sleep problems can affect us at any age, but often when we are changing routines, perhaps as a result of retirement, or going through life changes such as menopause or a bereavement we are more susceptible. It is common practice to believe that most sleeping problems are the result of an overactive mind. According to sleep specialist, Tej Samani, however, there is a whole catalogue of reasons as to why people can struggle to sleep, many of them physical. Another specialist now running his clinics through Grayshott Hotel and Spa, Samani’s programmes are accessible with the wider support of the venue’s health and fitness facilities, adding a concentrated healing dimension, and a kick start to change.


Nutrition can have an impact on all areas of health, from digestion to skin conditions, weight, and overall wellbeing. However, trying to decipher the good, the bad, and the just-plain-ridiculous from one another with so much information flying around, can be confusing at best. As the basis of all their spa packages, Longevity Wellness Resort in Portugal offers guests both a nutritional evaluation and a biophysical evaluation, which give personal, in depth nutritional and fitness guidance based on your current fitness, age, and particular health concerns, in what is nothing short of a beautiful environment (think walks in the Monchique hinterland, swimming with a view of the treetops – you get the picture). What is also particularly nice about Longevity Wellness Resort’s approach to nutrition is that they explain the ingredients and benefits of the meals they offer in the restaurant and put any belief that healthy living is about taste deprivation and unsatisfactory portions to rest, with positively mouth-watering spreads.


As an offshoot of insomnia, stress, or dietary imbalances, chronic fatigue can really have an impact on your quality of life. Osteopathy, and in particular, cranial osteopathy can not only help to induce a better nights sleep, but also provide a prescriptive element, helping to identify concerns across the body that might be causing fatigue or contributing to it without you realising. Again, Grayshott Hotel Spa is on hand, and also Gleneagles, thanks to their recent introduction of ESPA Life, with specialist therapists. The advantage of these treatments being delivered at a spa is that there are so many other surrounding therapies and advice available in the same place to add support to the treatment. At Gleneagles in particular, the on-site naturopath, who oversees ESPA Life, is able to offer lifestyle and nutritional advice to help ensure that the effects of the treatment are ongoing.

Visit any of these spas and more by visiting or contacting 0800 043 6600.

Words by Bonnie Friend

Men forego looks to avoid a partner with expensive tastes

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A new survey by has revealed that more than 50% of men would choose a partner who was less attractive, over someone they thought better looking, if they thought she had ‘inexpensive tastes’. 

More than 1,200 single UK men, aged 18 and over, were polled as part of research into male relationship values.

Respondents were initially asked ‘What are the key things you look for in a partner?’ and asked to choose from a list of options.

The top ten results were as follows, with respondents able to select more than one answer:

1. Good sense of humour - 68%
2. Caring nature -66%
3. Financial independence - 60%
4. Looks - 58%
5. Intelligence - 55%
6. Gets on well with friends and family - 54%
7. Personal interests - 52%
8. Ambition - 49%
9. Dress sense - 45%
10. Corresponding beliefs (religious/political) - 42%

Respondents were then asked: ‘Given the choice between a partner you consider to be good looking with expensive tastes, compared to somebody you consider to be less good looking but with ‘inexpensive tastes’, which option would you choose?’ 54% said they would choose the person with ‘inexpensive tastes’ over a more high maintenance partner. However, 29%, did admit that they would opt for a better looking partner with expensive tastes, with the remaining 17% unsure.

When asked why they would choose someone with less expensive tastes over someone they considered better looking, the majority (51%) explained that they would simply consider expensive tastes as an ‘unattractive feature’.

Those polled were also asked ‘Would you dump a partner if they didn’t get on with your friends?’ 42% said ‘yes’. 37% said ‘no’, whilst the remaining 21% said they ‘didn’t know’.

George Charles of said: "It's a refreshing change for our survey to reveal that people aren't as obsessed with looks as we might think. It seems they're equally obsessed with money! On a positive note, if you’ve got a caring nature and a good sense of humour then you can consider yourself a real catch."

Words by Katy Pearson

Wednesday at 3.30pm is when we look our worst!

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It's not a time to set your alarm for, but 3.30pm on Wednesday is the moment each week that a woman looks and feels her oldest, says a new survey.

It is, researched says, the point in the week when energy levels have plummeted, stress is at its highest level and weekend excesses really take their toll.

Oh well, at least we'll look younger in the morning...

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