Celebrities often have envy-inducing skin, so I'm always excited to find out the products behind their amazing complexions. From Sienna Miller's pregnancy picks to Victoria Beckham's latest face moisturiser, British stars have been sharing beauty secrets and the contents of their cosmetics cupboards. Want to know how to get Cheryl Cole's smooth legs and a blemish-free appearance a la Millie Mackintosh and Gabriella Ellis? Read on for Louise Roe, Sophie Dahl and Natasha Hamilton's picks, and tell me which goodies have you interested!
When I look at Jessica Alba I don't see any flaws whatsoever, but in the latest issue of Self Magazine, the lovely Latina reveals that she embraces her stretch marks. What stretch marks I ask? I certainly can't see any!
But, that's not the point. Apparently she has them, however, she isn't bothered by them or her cellulite since they are both a result of pregnancy, which she loved. She says, "Pregnancy was the most incredible experience I've ever had, so I’ll take the stretch marks. I’ll take the sagging boobs. I'll take the cellulite I can never get rid of."
On the opposing side, there's Heidi Montag undergoing surgery to correct every part of her face and body she's unhappy with. Personally, I have a big mouth, but have learned to like and accept it as part of my character.
How about you? What are your beauty flaws that you've grown into?
With all of the preventative stretch mark products on the market these days, it's hard to ignore that something can be done about those unsightly little lines. A fair amount of women I speak to who have stretch marks from dramatic weight loss, weight gain or pregnancy feel they are stuck with them and don't want to invest in an expensive product that won't really work anyway. Others claim they are addicted to stretch mark notions and feel if they stop using them the lines will only get darker or more noticeable.
Below are an array of stretch mark items for you to choose from. I've tried Palmer's Cocoa Butter Massage Cream (£5.59) as a goof for a few lines on my thighs, and after almost three weeks of use, I can see a slight reduction. Do you use stretch mark products? If so, what's your top pick?
The lovely Charlotte Church and her Welsh rugby star husband Gavin Henson are expecting their second baby together. Charlotte, who looked delightfully glowing and healthy during her last pregnancy with the adorable Ruby Megan, announced the news yesterday.
Despite her party girl past, Charlotte proved herself to be a really healthy (and beautiful) role model for young mums, refusing to bow to media pressure to be stick thin immediately after she gave birth. Charlotte is really pretty with normal, womanly curves and a relaxed, yet still groomed, approach to beauty. So good to see!
In celebration of her great news, I wanted to share my top product for beating stretch marks during pregnancy. You may have already digested all the word-of-mouth chat about Bio Oil (£17 for 200ml) and the testimonials are impressive. However, I've heard so many (and actually seen!) amazing results from applying Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil, (£32) — from mothers-to-be of all ages and shapes.
I actually use this even though I'm not pregnant, as it boosts skin elasticity, firms and tones the stomach, upper thighs and bum. If you're using it while pregnant though, remember to apply all over twice daily from the first trimester. Yes, you will get through buckets of the stuff, but it'll be worth it. Plus it smells so calming and soothing that it's like a mini meditation in a bottle.