With an aching back and swollen feet, exercise might be the last thing on your mind during your pregnancy but earlier this year Mila Kunis was the latest celebrity spotted toting a yoga mat and showing off her baby bump whilst attending a pre-natal yoga class (which happened to be on her
birthday!) So what is it that makes so many expectant mothers turn to yoga?
Better sleep patterns, improved circulation, decreased stress levels and an easier labour and delivery
are just a few of the reasons attracting celebrity mums-to-be to the exercise phenomenon.
Yoga instructor Margaret Holland who teaches pre-natal yoga reveals, “The breathing and body
awareness developed through yoga helps women stay connected to their changing bodies. The gentle
stretching and postures help relieve back pain before, during, and after delivery. Plank and side-plank yoga poses will strengthen your core and back and help prevent pain from muscle contraction and posture changes. Plus poses that open your shoulders and that open and support the wrists can help alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome, a common pregnancy issue.”
“Yoga is of particular benefit in the second trimester,” continued Margaret, “this is the time to take advantage of your energy and empower your healthy pregnant body by taking part in activities
that focus on strength and wellness for you and your baby. As well as being an energised period of your pregnancy, the second trimester is also a time when physical discomforts including lower back
pain, abdominal muscle separations and leg cramps become more persistent. In addition to alleviating
pain and discomfort during the pregnancy one of the main attractions of pre-natal yoga is the labour preparation it offers. Prenatal yoga classes focus of specific muscle groups designed to aid the birthing process.”
Margaret started her training in Thailand with the Absolute Yoga Group in Koh Samui where she studied Hot Yoga before continuing her studies in Vinyasa Flow at The Power of Now Oasis Yoga and
Meditation Centre in Bali, Indonesia. She then went on to study Pre-Natal Yoga with the Yoga Education Institute. Margaret currently teaches Hot Yoga at Radiant Yoga in Nueva Andalucia but also offers group classes in Hatha Yoga and Gentle Vinyasa Flow on Marbella Beach in front of The Boardwalk Restaurant and private lessons within the comfort of your own home. Her prenatal yoga classes cater specifically to expectant mothers, and all of the traditional yoga poses are modified to ensure the safety of the unborn baby. “If you choose to attend a regular yoga class rather than a specific pre-natal class it is of vital importance the yoga instructor is knowledgeable in the safe
modification of poses to make them suitable and beneficial to pregnancy,” Margaret explained.
Gwyneth Paltrow was among the first celebrities to popularise pre-natal yoga and was regularly spotted
attended yoga classes in London during her pregnancy. Actress Jessica Alba is another famous face to
credit pre-natal yoga for her happy pregnancy and peaceful labour. “I have a bad back and bad knees, and it really prepares your body,” shared Alba. “The more limber you are and the stronger you are, the easier your birth. And isn’t that what everybody wants?”
Pregnant supermodel Gisele Bundchen described yoga as “moving meditation” that “feels so good” and revealed that her yoga practice helped her eat carefully and manage her stress levels, both key factors she credits in helping to regain her prepregnancy physique. Another A-list beauty to share her love of prenatal yoga is Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr, “It doesn’t matter where I am or what I am doing, yoga gives me the opportunity to switch off and focus entirely on my body and my breath,” Kerr explained. “I practiced yoga during my entire pregnancy, and I hope to practice for the rest of my life.” It appears Hollywood has got the memo… if its good enough for Mila, Jessica, Gwyneth, Gisele and Miranda it’s good enough for us!
To book a Pre-Natal, Hot Yoga or Vinyasa Flow lesson with Margaret telephone or text 647 025 839 or alternatively you can send Margaret an email at
Beauty Editor Liza Mayne gives readers a monthly update on all thing gorgeous. Keeping you up to date with all the latest Beauty bits for your makeup bag!
Kiko - Ultimate Pen
This amazing fine pointed pen eyeliner is great for easy application and building and is one of my favourites. The tip is wonderful for doing thin or dramatic lines and it glides and stays on for hours, due to its long-lasting power. It creates a smooth finish and doesn’t smudge. Packaging is sleek, everything is of a professional grade, yet totally affordable - even for daily use. I use mine religiously.
kikocosmetics.com / La Cañada or Puerto Banus
Du Wop - Double Glow 7
Absolutely amazing product - gives a beautiful glow. The Double glow7 is a luminous face balm that will give your skin instant radiance and clarity. Although it can be worn under make-up,
I like to wear it over my foundation just to highlight; it really makes for perfect skin. Worn under make-up it acts like a primer, creating easy application for flawless foundation. I am constantly asked what I use when I wear it! You also don’t need a huge amount so this little tub will last a long time.
The Gibraltar Soap Shop
Femme Fatale Lashes
Femme Fatale Lashes, the brainchild of Emily Lyons, CEO of Femme Fatale Media Group, is a new mink lash on the market. These handmade, 100 per cent mink lashes are just too beautiful for
words. The mink hair is very soft and shiny with a rich, deep black shade and looks very natural. The weft is extremely pliable and can be moulded to fit any shape of eye. The mink fur is hand-crafted
onto the weft, giving a more natural appearance with every lash style. No mascara is needed to blend these with your natural lash line and, due to the weft being strong and sturdy, these lashes are reusable up to 25+ times. Well worth the investment. Ordered yours now at: femmefatalelashes.com
Around the festive season, there isn’t just one colour I could recommend when it comes to the MAC
pigments - they are all amazing! Choose from bright, lively colours for New Year to warmer, richer
tones for Navidad. Pigment is a highly concentrated loose colour powder that contains ingredients to help it stay put. It can either create a subtle wash of colour if applied alone or you can intensify the effect when applied over a smoky eye. Easy to blend and long-lasting. the pot will last you a long time as only a small amount is need for every application.
maccosmetics.com / El Corte Ingles or La Cañada
Benefit - eye con
This is the only product, which noticeably reduced my dark circles. If you suffer from dark patches around your eyes, this is a fab product. Instead of applying layer upon layer of concealer, get rid
of them completely with this miracle cream. It actually fades the dark circles rather than just covering them up like concealers would. For best results just dab around the eye day and night.
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Ever since Miss Kim Kardashian graced our screen and reintroduced the art of contouring, I have found that it has become one of the most popular and demanded looks when working with private clients, brides and high fashion editorial and I am constantly asked how to achieve a contoured effect at home. Well, ladies, here are a few home tips for you.
Contouring is a technique previously reserved for runway models and high fashion photo shoots, but is now becoming part of our daily make up routine.
So what is it exactly? In a nutshell, contouring is giving shape to an area of the face, enhancing the facial structure through make-up. It is not supposed to be noticeable, more subtle definition - and I do mean subtle! In other words, It’s all about the artistry and illusion. This is not the time to find one of your darker shades of blusher or bronzer and draw a line under your cheek bone.
Highlighting is the process by which you accentuate the highest points of your face, such as the top of your cheek
bones, just under your eyebrows or the bridge of your nose. The product should be one to two shades lighter than your complexion. You can use both shimmery and matte products for highlighting.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to trying out the contoured look at home:
Contours should be matte, while highlighting is meant to have shimmer. Don’t get the two confused and, remember, texture is key!
A lot of people contour with their bronzer, but I’m against that unless you have tanned skin. You need to find something that creates the illusion of an actual shadow, so choose a shade one to two tones darker than your skin; these will typically will be shades of beige and brown.
If you’re using powder to contour, you’ll achieve a more matte finish. If you use creams the result will be more dewy. If you are a beginner, start with creamy products, since these will be much easier to build up and blend until you get your desired look.
Get an angled cream brush to hit under the cheek and jaw bones. Brushes are key to any good application of make-up! You should buy two, one for contouring and one for highlighting. Just about every make-up artist in the world swears by MAC #217. This will help with precision under the jawline and around the cheekbone for a flawless, airbrushed finish.
There is one rule to keep in mind when it comes to highlighting and contouring - hard lines are not elegant or chic. Use a regular foundation brush or a damp egg sponge and tap it into the contour to make sure there’s no hard obvious lines. You absolutely need to BLEND BLEND BLEND!
Once you have finished contouring your face, don’t forget to add some colour to the apple of the cheek and a bit of sheen to the cheekbones to enhance the complexion still further. A peachypink tone for a natural looking flush
always works best and adapts to most skin tones, then add luminizer just at the top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose and a hint on the chin for super-fresh skin. My all time favourite is Benefit High Beam - its creamy liquid texture is easy to apply and has long lasting results.
Under the Mistletoe
Tis the season to shine so add a metallic eye shadow for the ultimate party look. Try Urban Decay in Half Baked for extra festive sparkle.
Pop the lips with vibrant colours such as DuWop’s Private Red for those under the mistletoe moments.
Let it Snow
Use highlighting and contouring techniques to create a glam, pearlised look. Use Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette to emphasise the cheekbones.
It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas
Mix two bold colours together for a dramatic look. Try Mac Caliente.
Make a statement wearing the perfect red lipstick!
The Beauty Blender
The beauty blender is a revolutionary sponge make-up applicator that has no sharp edges, unlike a traditional triangle sponge. When used properly, I find it blends your foundation flawlessly and seamlessly into your skin more effectively than a foundation brush or your fingers. I’ve had my makeup airbrushed by make-up artists in the past for various events and the beauty blender is the closest thing to achieving that same professional finish.
So, as you can tell, I love it!
KIKO – Rock attraction
The collection comes in a range of six shades - look out for 01 Pearly Rock if you want to achieve a highlighting effect. It has a silky smooth and comfortable texture and can be applied extremely easily, leaving your skin feeling super soft. This product can be built up until you feel you have reached the desired look and has a high concentration of pigments and pearls that help sculpt facial features and give an instant glow.
Bobbi Brown – Natural
If you’re looking to contour with ease, there is no better shade than Bobbi Brown Natural. The amazing contour colour has a natural red base so it won’t give you that orangey look, which you should especially avoid during the winter months. It can also be used in the summer with a shimmery bronzer for a warm glow. This product offers the most beautifully sculpted effect and instantly gives skin the look of a natural tan. Remember, a little goes along way so you only need a tiny amount - build it up slowly.
Benefit – High Beam
High Beam is a GREAT highlighter - it’s like applying liquefied pearls to your skin and really complements and adds a touch of glow to any look. It is easier to blend and looks more natural when applied over or mixed with liquid foundation. The satin pink colour doesn’t show up, instead a pretty, white, slightly opalescent shimmer/sheen is left on the skin. To achieve best results apply to cheekbones, eyebrow arches and cupid’s bow.
Kryolan – Pan Stick
If you want to achieve a stronger, longer lasting contour line, it’s best to use a cream based product. My favourite is the Kryolan - pan stick. Although thicker and heavier, this product provides full coverage to the skin and when blended gives a far more natural and dewy effect. Be careful however; if it is not applied properly you run the risk of creating a dirty, muddy, patchy look.
Make Up Forever Sculpting Kit
The Sculpting Kit is a set of two compact powders suited to reshape and alter the size of the face using a light and shadow contrast. It is the perfect choice for beginners trying to achieve the art of facial contouring. If applied on the right strategic areas of the face and blended accordingly, it really helps to create a more sculpted face. It’s long-lasting and blends well.
Before closing its doors for the last time five or so years ago, Las Dunas was one of the most popular luxury hotels on the Coast. Time passed and recently the hotel opened up once again, but with an entirely new focus. Being the first hotel of the global NaturHouse brand, Healthouse offers tailored programmes for weight loss, anti-ageing, anti-stress and detox. I was both intrigued and excited to be invited to take a walking tour of the pioneering Healthouse Las Dunas, which remains as spectacular as ever.
For anyone stuck in the rat race of life, driving through the gates of Healthouse is like all your prayers being answered. A member of staff offers me an iced tea cocktail as I walk into the lobby and peruse the ‘Products Menu’ – on arrival at the hotel every guest selects the Naturhouse products they want in their room. “We think it is important that guests can choose the products they need during their stay, whether it is a shampoo for dry hair or an anti-wrinkle face cream,” Marketing Manager Sandra Huerga Kanzler tells me. “We prefer to offer this service rather than relying on the generic and often useless products you find in every hotel room around the world.” This, I soon realise, is Healthouse’s mantra – to create a custom made experience for each guest.
We then embark on our tour. As my host talks me through the renovations, I grasp what a colossal task the Healthouse management faced when they took over the premises. The end result is nonetheless flawless, contemporary and stylish. On the ground floor there is a spacious gym, yoga studio and several shops selling sportswear and staple food supplements, allowing guests to maintain their diet programmes after they have left the hotel. A library, complete with crushed grey velvet sofas, has also been incorporated into the layout, which plays host to the informal chats led by nutritionists and doctors for guests each evening. Space really is of the essence at the hotel; even if the House were fully booked you would never know.
The beauty of Healthouse is no more apparent than in the garden and pool area. As well as direct access to the beach, this outdoor expanse boasts a specifically designed yoga space that has uninterrupted views of the ocean and a water feature that runs from the foyer right down to the sea. We cross a large outdoor terrace where guests
can enjoy their breakfast al fresco and proceed to the restaurant. Again in an innovative twist, the kitchen and dining area is completely open so guests can view dishes being prepared by the chef and learn how to recreate them at home. The restaurant offers nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that are all in keeping with specific dietary plans. The juice, water and tea menu available is quite frankly dizzying, making each guests’ dining experience enjoyable as well as healthy.
Alongside the 55 rooms and suites available in the main part of the hotel, there are also 34 self-catering apartments, which are ideal for families. Mum can indulge in an anti-ageing programme while the children can still have a normal holiday, enjoying the pool and play area. Clearly Healthouse cater for just about every possible type of guest.
Whichever programme you sign up for, the medical team conducts an initial consultation (including blood, urine and state of the art DEXA tests to evaluate body fat composition) to assess which treatments are most applicable. I am shown the aquatic massage room, the sauna, steam room, tepidarium, vitality pool and hot and cold plunge pools. Most impressive of all however are the ice cave, which firms the skin and is also perfect for migraine sufferers, the salt room, which is lined by walls of Himalayan salt to detox the skin and help with insomnia and the flotarium. Offering a weightless, gravity-free sensation, one hour in this large tub apparently will make you feel like you have slept for five hours.
The Deep Marine Purifying Facial
After much deliberation over the extensive Spa Menu, I chose this treatment as I suffer from redness and blotchiness on my skin. I am treated to 50 minutes of unadulterated relaxation as my therapist cleanses, exfoliates and applies a purifying facial mask to my skin - all with products made from natural ingredients of course. The scalp massage was just the cherry on the top! Needless to say, my skin is positively glowing as I leave.
As the Healthouse team bids me farewell, I am left with a feeling of total calm. The staff simply cannot do enough to ensure each guest achieves exactly what they want from their stay. Whether you are the heavier lady who is tired of starving yourself to try and lose weight or the businessman who is burnt out from work, yet struggles to sleep at night, Healthouse can change your lifestyle or, at the very least, allow you to escape from it all for a short time. For those of you looking for a better quality lifestyle, whatever the reason, this retreat is calling your name.
Urbanización Boladilla Baja,
Crta. Marbella-Estepona km163, 500
29689 - Estepona, Málaga
Tel. +34 951 082 090