Dr Edward Jones, a neuroscientist and expert in CBD oils and their benefits tells us how CBD can reduce period pain and boost your mood.

 Dr.Ed – PMS CBD OIL – £48.99

A carefully created a broad-spectrum CBD oil infused with tasty and functional terpenes to help take the edge off PMS. With added cinnamon and vitamin B6 to help support a healthy immune system and balance mood. Vegan friendly, organic and cruelty free. Broad-spectrum CBD in MCT oil carrier. 0% THC. 

Dr.Ed – PMS BATH SALTS – £24.99

PMS is a comforting bath salt mixture designed to relax your body and give you some much needed breathing space and relaxation. Great for abdominal and back aches associated with PMS. Best enjoyed in a warmer bath to help facilitate absorption. PMS contains 60mg of premium cannabidiol extracted from specially grown Californian hemp as well as soothing essential oils and plant extracts including eucalyptus, ginger and sage.

Period pain affects countless thousands of women in the UK and can range from uncomfortable to curl-up-in-a-ball painful. As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, PMS doesn’t just affect your body, it can have negative effects on your mood as well. We’ve carefully created a broad-spectrum CBD oil infused with tasty and functional terpenes to help take the edge off PMS. With added cinnamon and vitamin B6 to help support a healthy immune system and balance mood. Vegan friendly, organic and cruelty free. Broad-spectrum CBD in MCT oil carrier. 0% THC. Additional functional ingredients. 


Studies show that cinnamon and its associated antioxidants have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which may help with pain that results from tissue inflammation. 

Vitamin B6 

Studies have shown that taking 50 mg of vitamin B6 daily improved PMS symptoms of depression, irritability and tiredness by 69%. B6 is thought to help with emotional symptoms related to PMS due to its role in creating neurotransmitters that regulate mood. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) What it is and how it can help?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of cannabis, a plant with a rich history as a natural medicine going back thousands  of years. In the modern era, the therapeutic properties of CBD are being rigorously tested by scientists and doctors around the world. More than a simple health fad, increasing evidence suggests CBD and other cannabinoids may hold significant therapeutic value.  A safe and non-addictive substance, CBD is one of more than a hundred phytocannabinoids, which are unique to cannabis and endow the plant with its robust therapeutic profile. Many people want the purported health benefits of cannabis without the high. As CBD is non-toxic, non-psychogenic, safe and easy to administer as an oil, it is an appealing
option for many interested in the health and wellness market. 

How Does It Work? CBD is legal in the UK and is not classed as a controlled substance

CBD interacts with our bodies in a variety of ways. One of the main way’s cannabinoids impact us is by mimicking and augmenting the effects of the compounds in our bodies called “endogenous cannabinoids” – named because of their similarity to the compounds found in the cannabis plant. These endocannabinoids are part of a regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system has significantly advanced our understanding of health and disease. It has major implications for nearly every area of medical science and helps to explain how and why CBD is such a versatile compound. The endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role in regulating a broad range of physiological processes including our mood, energy level, our intestinal health, immune system health, blood pressure, bone density, glucose metabolism, pain regulation, stress, hunger, and more. World-class science investigation has shown that the endocannabinoid system is dysregulated in nearly all pathological conditions. It therefore stands to reason that “modulating endocannabinoid system activity may have therapeutic potential in almost all diseases affecting humans,” as scientists with the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), suggested in a 2014 publication.



Secret Spa, the best kept secret of busy Londoners, celebrities and VIP’s, has finally arrived in Manchester.

Say goodbye to madly dashing across town to get to a salon before it closes, spending precious lunchtimes on the phone trying to book a last-minute blow dry, or squeezing in a manicure between a hectic work/life schedule. Secret spa’s much anticipated arrival in Manchester is set to revolutionise beauty and wellbeing regimes, for the better.

Secret Spa is a luxury beauty app which delivers five-star beauty and wellbeing treatments direct to the comfort of your own home. At just the tap of a button, users can enjoy a wide range of spa and salon treatments, including hair, make-up massages or manicures, at a convenient time and location that fits in with their own schedules. Treatments can be booked by consumers daily from 7am to 10pm across Bolton, Bury, Macclesfield, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington and Wigan.

Gone are the days of trying to fit in appointments around limited salon availability, childcare or work diaries; Secret Spa removes the hassle and delivers on demand, VIP treatments, without the A-list price tag.

So how does Secret Spa work?                                                                                                     

Simply download the Secret Spa app and choose from a wide range of beauty and wellness treatments.  An elite professional therapist will then arrive at your chosen location with all of the necessary equipment to transform the space into your very own private salon. 

Rated as the number one at home beauty service app on Trust Pilot, Secret Spa only works with the best therapists in the business, in order to deliver a trusted, premium service. Consequently, Secret Spa has already built up an impressive loyal celebrity fanbase in London, including the likes of Amanda Holden, Mollie King and Vogue Williams.

“As a nation of time-poor individuals, the need for convenient, trusted and reliable beauty and wellness treatments has never been greater. Our exciting launch in Manchester answers this very need, offering a wide range of at-home services, at the touch of a button. Whether it’s to feel good, look better or relax, Secret Spa’s arrival in Manchester heralds an exciting time for residents, allowing even the busiest of people to enjoy beauty and wellness treatments from the comfort of their own home. Manchester has been in our sights since we first launched Secret Spa and we are thrilled to finally be here.  It’s a fabulous, cosmopolitan city where a number of our current clients from the entertainment industry live and work, so it was a natural step for us.  There are so many extremely talented therapists in and around the city who we are overjoyed to be working with and we look forward to launching even more treatments with them in the coming months.” – Co-Founder Emily Ewart-Perks

The range of beauty and wellness treatments can be booked daily from 7am to 10pm across Manchester and the surrounding boroughs. 

Treatments are priced from £30.

For more information on the various services that Secret Spa Manchester offers, please visit or download the Secret Spa app from the app store.



We learn more about domestic abuse foundation Elle For Elle and the admirable women behind it.

Friends Lynette Page-Collin and Rachel O’Hare created the voluntary organisation to help women in need.

“We collect body and haircare products and cosmetics from public donations to give to women’s refuges and shelters currently in the UK. Most of the women who use the refuge arrive with nothing, often fleeing from domestic abuse with small children. Having to ask for a toothbrush or sanitary wear is the last bit of dignity that these women may lose, so we wanted to help.” – Lynette Page-Collin

The pair came up with the idea after discussing the amount of makeup they both owned and how they often take this privilege for granted. There and then, they decided to give products they never used to charity. However, after researching where to take their cosmetics, it became evident there was nothing available locally.

And so, Elle For Elle was born.

“We find many women take to stealing sanitary wear, body care products and makeup (especially concealer to cover bruising and scarring). We believe no woman should risk her freedom for products we have sat in our own cupboards,” Lynette continues. “Our Dignity after Distress campaign helps vulnerable women maintain some dignity by keeping the bathrooms and cupboards of refuges stocked up with beauty products, so that they can at least take a hot shower and use some decent products whilst keeping personal hygiene private, and without feeling more degraded.” – Lynette Page-Collin

Women in refuges live off approximately £118 a month, but Elle For Elle are well on the way to helping change this figure in a spectacular way. A huge £100,000 was raised at the recent inaugural Elle for Elle annual ball – Midnight at the Oasis – a night full of Moroccan glamour, food and music. The evening’s auction in aid of the charity included prizes such as weekend tickets to the Coachella Festival, a weekend trip to the Monaco Grand Prix, and a personal shopping experience at Louboutin World in Paris.

And you can help too. This Christmas, Elle for Elle will be working with over 70 refuges across the North West to hand over beauty gift sets just in time for the festivities. All you need to do is buy a lovely beauty gift set, take it to one of their drop-off destinations and walk away knowing you have helped a survivor of domestic abuse feel worthwhile. Lynette and Rachel are hoping to surpass the 1027 boxes collected last year.

“We’re supported by local businesses such as boohoo and Eurocamp as well as the cast and crew of Coronation Street, which is amazing.To date, we’ve donated over £150,000 worth of products to help the most vulnerable of women and girls – and that figure is rising!” – Lynette Page-Collin

Visit for more information, a list of wanted products, and to discover your nearest drop-off point.




Relax and unwind at The Spa at The Midland.

Last week, we took a trip to the award-winning The Spa at The Midland, based in Manchester City Centre’s grand Midland Hotel.

We were warmly welcomed by the spa’s friendly staff, plush surroundings, ambient lighting, and soothing music, and instantly felt our stresses drift away.

We changed and slipped on robes and slippers, and went to enjoy our lunch in the spa café; two protein platters, the perfect size. They consisted of small portions of soup, a sandwich, salad and cake. There are other platter options available, along with a range of sandwiches, and traditional afternoon tea. 

Before treatment time, we enjoyed an hour in the spa facilities which include a heated relaxation pool, thermal suite with sauna and exceptional steam room (one of the best we’ve visited).

Then came the treatments, an Ocean Body Wrap and the spa’s signature Serene Sleep treatment.

Ocean Body Wrap

For anyone who’s missed out on a warm summer holiday or simply wants to rehydrate their skin after too much sun, the spa’s newest treatment ‘Ocean Body Wrap’ is the one to go for.

Aiming to deeply nourish the skin, this algae-infused wrap is ideal for detox and skin softening. This unique 55-minute treatment combines a full body exfoliation with an instantly effective, detox algae body wrap, followed by soothing scalp massage to completely relax the mind. Perfectly blended with essential oils to rejuvenate skin, the algae acts as a powerful skincare antioxidant all while delivering serious levels of hydration to restore brightness in dry skin. 

Serene Sleep

In collaboration with renowned British spa brand ESPA, this mesmeric treatment unique to The Spa At The Midland is designed to lull you into a serene sleep. The beautifully simple yet effective treatment is the ultimate ‘unwind’, allowing your body time to relax and renew – an essential element to living well. Performed in luxuriously calming, candlelit surroundings, this tailor-made experience incorporates a personalised Aromatherapy Back Massage, Facial Massage and Scalp Massage.  The treatment uses hot stones and warm essential oils, and the back massage focuses on the Marma points, releasing deep-seated muscular tension, clearing toxins and rebalancing the chakras. 

A facial massage follows, using warm rose quartz crystals to diminish tension around the forehead, eye and jaw areas, before a deeply hydrating treatment mask containing a comforting blend of Lavender, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang essential oils is applied to rejuvenate skin and spirits. A soothing scalp massage completes this indulgent and deeply relaxing experience, helping to clear the mind, relieve any final signs of stress and allow you to completely switch-off – ensuring an uninterrupted and blissful night’s sleep.  

We visited the relaxation room afterwards, which is complete with hanging pod cocoons, private rooms and sleep chambers. It’s the perfect place to chill post treatment. We sipped herbal tea and fruit infused waters, and dozed here until we had to leave.

 The perfect place to unwind and escape busy days, to-do lists and packed schedules.






If you find you’ve indulged in a little too much sun this summer, or perhaps didn’t apply (or reapply) quite enough SPF, chances are that your skin is looking and feeling dull, dehydrated and aged.

Hydrate sun parched skin with this power duo from IMAGE Skincare – packed with amino acids, antioxidants and essential vitamins to bring dull, lacklustre skin back to life! 

VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant ACE Serum, £75.00

VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant ACE Serum is a concentrated essence infused with vitamins A, C, E, and a blend of plant antioxidants that help to reduce the visible signs of ageing in part by hydrating your skin.

To combat dryness, this serum was formulated with sodium hyaluronate, the gold standard for hydration. Each molecule of sodium hyaluronate can bind up to one-thousand times its weight in water!

This best-selling serum was also formulated with glycerin, which is a humectant. Humectants are molecules which attract and retain moisture. So, while glycerin pulls in water, sodium hyaluronate helps keep water in your skin. For an extra boost, VITAL C Hydrating Antioxidant ACE Serum is also formulated with linoleic acid, an essential building block used by your body to help retain moisture. Linoleic acid helps keep the skin’s barrier strong so that it can keep water in and irritants out.

I MASK hydrating hydrogel sheet mask, £35 for 5

This 3-D hydrogel mask delivers instant hydration to soothe and refresh dry, depleted skin. Formulated with a powerful blend of amino acids, antioxidants and aloe vera to support the appearance of replenished and deeply hydrated skin.

Hyaluronic acid helps to draw water to the skin, while mineral-rich Onsen-Sui and Jeju volcanic waters leave the skin dewy and revitalised. Hydrogel technology supports efficient delivery of ingredients for ultimate hydrating recovery.

The newly redesigned I MASK has improved functionality and better grip for a universal fit!

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Simply shower, spritz and glow…

Summer may be over but that doesn’t mean your tan needs to be! Norvell Tanning’s Post Sunless Hydrofirm Moisturising Spray is your Autumn skin saviour that will leave your skin hydrated and glowing.

Hydration is key to a longer-lasting tan and this lightweight hydrating spray is the one thing you need to keep your glow throughout the sunless months! Optimise your tan, whether it’s real or fake, leaving a streak-free, dewy and luminous skin-finish.

With Norvell rated as the #1 natural looking tan, why wouldn’t it be your go-to for a post summer glow? Its anti-orange finish and Natural Colour Complex technology will leave you looking sun-kissed all year round. 

This Non-Comodegenic spray will be kind to your skin in more ways than one!

-100% Vegan, Paraben Free, Gluten Free & Cruelty Free

– Tomato Seed Extract enables skin to absorb oxygen and prevent signs of ageing

– Vitamin E helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

– Aloe Barbandensis Leaf moisturises skin for a softer feel

– Vitamin C stimulates collagen to tighten skin leaving a youthful look and glow

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RRP: £24.99


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