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Abi and Margaret

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Based in Suffolk, England, we are a small family team headed by Margaret, Colin and daughter Abi (see picture, from left to right: Abi & Margaret). Since establishing the Essential Care brand as a trademark and mail order company in 2003, we have been on a mission to make the purest skincare on earth.

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The BEST blogs to read in 2016! - Odylique Blog

The BEST blogs to read in 2016!


It can be hard to find the very BEST blogs out there.

It can be hard to find the very BEST blogs out there. There aren’t many of us who don’t have a favourite blog, and whether you are a foodie, beauty addict, fitness fiend or lifestyle guru, there is a home for everyone, but tracking them down in a sea of content can be tough!

With that in mind we have chosen our ‘ones-to-watch’ for 2016. These talented writers cover the breadth of the blogosphere, from lipstick to lunches, high-style to handmade and appeal to women from 15 to 90 and beyond.

Some are just starting out; others are blogging bit hitters with a clutch of industry awards to their names - we've listed them in no particular order, as we love them all! Between them they make up the best healthy, beauty and lifestyle blogs we have found over the years.

The thing our 'best blogs' all have in common is a commitment to sharing excellent content, honestly and in a visually beautiful way.  Follow them all and start 2016 with a raft of fantastic new reading material to enjoy!

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  1. London Beauty Queen

You can’t have a list of the best blogs to read without featuring the inimitable Hayley Carr of London Beauty Queen.

Featuring a mix of reviews and advice, Hayley has an honest, straight talking approach we admire.  Not only that, this year she launched 30 plus blogs, focussing on promoting the presence of championing the blogs of women over thirty.

Next year we expect to see more of this beauty expert as she begins to tackle the prejudices around ageing and beauty. @LBQblog

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  1. Hungry Healthy Happy

We love Hungry, Healthy, Happy for its delicious mix of divine recipes and lifestyle support.  Written by Dannii Martin, the blog chronicles how she got fit and shows how you can too, from dealing lost seven stone and kept it off.

Advice covers everything from emotional eating, to health concerns and looking great no matter what your size. The message is a really empowering one for anyone looking for body confidence and we love it! @HHH_Dannii

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  1. Sugarpuffish

Sarah of Sugarpuffish has long been our biggest advocate and we are so proud to see her blog becoming more and more of a point of reference for the allergy, natural and green industry - she epitomises what our 'best blog' ethos is!

Started in May 2011, the blog covers natural and organic beauty, and allergies and eczema, from the perspective of Sarah’s own experiences as a sufferer. @sugarpuffish

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  1. The Sunday Girl UK

We adore Adrienne of The Sunday Girls mix of smart beauty content, lifestyle advice and gorgeous imagery – she really makes us want everything she tries.

Honest and very positive, this is a great place to visit for a new find or pretty fashion tip. Her ‘Beauty Tips I Wish I Knew Years Ago’ piece in particular is a great read! @TheSundayGirlUK

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  1. Get The Gloss

Less of a blog, more online lifestyle magazine, nonetheless we predict very big things for this site in 2016.  Founded by Susannah Taylor and Sarah Vine, the site is packed to the gills with the most up to date trends in fashion, fitness and beauty.

You can also hunt down jobs in the beauty industry here and their fitness and nutrition plans are second to none.  @getthegloss

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  1. Healthista, Yanar Alkayat

The perfect place for those who love to keep fit and work out, Healthista is a down to earth mix of recipes, lifestyle advice and reviews.

Written by multiple contributors, including our favourite organic beauty Journalist Yanar Alkayat, this is a great place to hand out if your motivation isn’t quite what it should be! @healthistatv

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  1. Poppy Loves

If you ever want to enjoy the prettier side of London, Poppy Loves is the one to follow.

Packed with the most beautiful insights into the capital, plus book reviews, travel posts and generally gorgeous lifestyle content, this blog is a real treat for the senses.  @poppy_loves

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  1. Lazy Girl Running

As keen running enthusiasts ourselves, it was inevitable we would have at least one running blog on the list but the reasons we chose this one aren’t what you might expect.

Despite being a UK Athletics Fitness coach, featured in glossies and the press for her expertise, Laura is in no way intimidating.

The blog is FULL of non-judgemental, useful advice for anyone looking to get started, and expert tips for experienced runners hoping to improve.  Humorous and informative, it’s a great blog in every way. @lazygirlrunning

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  1. The Glowgetter

One of the newest blogs on the list, in little over a year, Ailish Lucas has grown her healthy, organic lifestyle blog so much that she was awarded one of the of Top 25 in Natural awards!

A mix of reviews, advice and inspirational posts, The Glowgetter is a ray of sunshine in the blogging world – it never fails to cheer us up! @theglowgetter

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  1. The Beauty Shortlist

Fiona Kloranides guide to the best of beauty, both natural and mainstream is one of the most respected blogs in the industry.

Her awards are regarded excellent guides of quality and her opinion is transparent and fair.  An excellent place to check for reviews you can genuinely trust. @beautyshortlist

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  1. Caroline Barnes

Caroline is one of those Makeup artists who know how to make women look really gorgeous, and stylish at the same time. Her clients include Danni Minogue, Pixie Lott and Nicole Sherzinger.

Follow her for seriously lust-worthy beauty shots and news from the beauty industry frontline.  Her micro-blog over at twitter is one of our favourites! @CarolineBMakeup

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  1. Naturally Sassy

If you ever wanted to create those beautiful raw and vegan delicacies that fill Instagram, this is the blog for you.

Written by vegan dancer and model, every recipe works, every picture makes you drool and she is never, ever patronising, and always passionate about living a clean, healthy lifestyle in a tasty, fun way. @NaturallySassy

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  1. The Pool

Another site that isn’t quite a blog, more a collective of some of the best female writers in the U.K today.

Co-founded by Lauren Laverne and Sam Baker, you will find pieces from Sali Hughes, Zoe Williams and Marisa Bate @thepooluk

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  1. Anagoesgreen

Ana is one of our most favourite green beauty and lifestyle bloggers.

She understands ingredients and spends a lot of time researching the very best niche and artisan brands, making hers a truly unique blog to follow – perfect if you like to be the first to find new, interesting products with an ethical slant! @anagoesgreen

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  1. Wonderlusting

One of the most interesting blogs on the list, Wonderlusting is a fab mix of fashion, beauty, art and lifestyle, with some travel and health sprinkled over the top.

Full of curios and genuinely beautiful finds that fill us with joy each and every time we visit! @wonderlusting_

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  1. Rougepout Beauty

A fab plus forty blogger, with a love of red lipstick, laughter and wine.

This is the ‘fun best friend’ of blogs.  Well written, bright and regularly updated, we really enjoy Rebecca’s down-to-earth Northern take on the world @rougepout

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  1. Beauty Balm

Sandra of the Beauty Balm is not only a friend of the brand, but a true advocate for the best of British organic beauty.

She loves stationary, literature and skincare and her roundups are always a great mix of niche and mainstream ranges.  @Beauty_Balm

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  1. Hello Gemma

Gemma’s blog is a friendly and fun mix of beauty and lifestyle content.

Beautifully designed and easy to navigate, you will find tons of lust-worthy content including great beauty reviews and updates on Gemma and her boyfriend’s mammoth home redesign project. @OMGgemma

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  1. Fifi Friendly

Fiona (or Fi Fi) blogs about her ten-year journey of discovery.  Having found out she was allergic to a number of ingredients and foods, she decided after lots of research to live a cleaner, chemical free life.

The result is a fun (and yes, friendly) blog full of lots of allergy and pure lifestyle tips, perfect for anyone looking to make changes for their health and wellbeing. @iamfififriendly

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  1. I heart beauty

We adore single mum Alex’s look at beauty.

She’s a member of the Society of Cosmetic Sciences, and is taking an advanced science course, and does an amazing job of proving that women can love science and lipstick at the same time.  Smart, savvy and fun! @AlexHeartBeauty

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  1. Craft, Blog, Grow

Ever wanted to learn to knit, repurpose furniture, sew or make anything you like out of scraps?  This is the blog for you.

A fascinating mix of traditional and modern crafts, perfect for you creatives out there, with tons of information for those of you who also want to create a blog of your own! @craftbloguk

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  1. Uk Glowology

Written by former Cosmo and Women’s own  editor Lisa Barret, Glowology flies the flag for 40+ women who want to look great!

Lots of inspirational content, seriously expert reviews and real-life anecdotes. @ukglowology

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  1. We Were Raised by Wolves

Created by Evelyn, we love this blog.

A good mix of mainstream and organic beauty, Evelyn really demonstrates how the two can be used together to provide a balanced approach to beauty without compromising on quality or effectiveness in your skincare and cosmetics.  A thoughtful and considered blog.  @beautywolfgirl

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  1. Alice and Emma

The fab vloggers are not only friends and colleagues, they are former beauty journalists with a wealth of insider knowledge and experience to share.

Their vids are not only interesting and warm, but a great testament to their friendship – proving that sometimes, two really is better than one! @Alice_and_Emma

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  1. Fighting Fifty

Edited by Tracey McAlpine, we love fighting fifty for being a great health, fashion, lifestyle and beauty resource for fifty-plus women.

With a focus on the needs of the modern mature woman, there are some fantastic resources for enjoying your fifties without compromising on style, substance or fun.  @fighting_fifty

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  1. Lets Talk Beauty

Written by beauty addict Vicki, this is a lovely looking destination for fellow make-up and skincare junkies to hang out!

We particularly love Vicki’s ongoing collection of PEZ sweetie holders (remember those?) and lovely mix of lifestyle and beauty content.  @LTBeautyBlog

Olivia Cox London (Copyright Olivia Cox London)
  1. Olivia Cox London

By far the most aspirational of the 'best blogs' on the list, Olivia is a woman to admire.

From serving forces-woman, to TV presenter and style writer, Olivia is both a beauty fan and expert, and has spent the last twelve months skyrocketing up her TV presenting career – we can’t wait to see what 2015 brings this uber-ambitious firecracker! @OliviaCoxLondon

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  1. Lou Dartford

As those of you who follow our Facebook page know, Lou is a really respected authority on all things organic in beauty.

An award-winning make-up artist, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of make-up and skincare, we love following her for advice and information whenever we need a great make-up tip. @loudartford_mua

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  1. Volt Café

We adore the founder of Volt Café, Linda Ohrstrom (in fact Abi featured her in her interview series earlier this year here), so it is no surprise that we would pick it as one to watch.

The super-cool, fashion forward tone is one of the best blogs for proving that organic, earth-kind living is no longer about lentil weaving and hippies, but is just a very stylish, smart way to exist. @VoltMag

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  1. Little Time Machine

This award winning blog is a hub of some of the most beautiful photography you will see.  From city streets, to architecture to people, it is an ever changing snapshot of life at its best.

Put together by photographer Pete Hall, this is one of the the best blogs to read if you want to see the world but can’t escape your desk just yet.  @petecarr

 

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