Feeling A Bit Low? And Everyone Else Seems To Be Going on Holiday?

Sometimes, at this time of year, it can be quite challenging to be the ones left in the office over the summer holidays when everyone else seems to be on holiday, or is about to go away.

Work loads can increase and although the daily commute might be less stressful in terms of time, you can feel, well, just a bit low.

We’re all here over the summer holidays as we prefer to go away slightly off season and not when school is out, but we have decided to make a few summer office plans to keep us cheerful.

  1. ensure we take a lunch break and get out, even for half an hour in the sunshine (wearing our sun screen of course) and keeping hydrated


    Great Britain is amazing in the summer and we love our picnic treats – time for a summer TPHC clean too.

  2. bring in our flip flops to the office so our feet our not roasting hot
  3. treat ourselves to a nice manicure and pedicure (whey is it we can never paint our nails as well as someone else?

    Vacation idea. Woman feet closeup. Beautiful pedicure.

    Don’t be afraid to have a bit of summer fun with nail polish colours, after all it’s the only time of year our toes are on show!

  4. give ourselves a summer glow with our favourite fake tan after a jolly good body scrub
  5. enjoy the odd treat (we are loving Magnum Double Raspberry at the moment), and
  6. remember that summer if fleeting here in the UK, so enjoy every day as it comes, work or not, so we are endeavouring to get out and enjoy the enormous variety of entertainment and culture this great country has as well as spending a bit of time just relaxing in our gorgeous parks and gardens.emily1d


Love and kisses from

The Pro Hygiene Collection® xxxxx



“This Girl Can” – Get Out Girls and Feel Amazing

We are sitting in TPHC HQ this morning and are saying what a gorgeous day and reflecting that we would all like to get out and play tennis again

Strawberries and Cream

Inspired to get out the tennis racket (yummy, lovely strawberries and cream too)

(Wimbledon inspiration of course) or rounders, but wondering where and how!

One of the team mentioned that the brilliant “This Girl Can” sports and fitness campaign that is running again and we have just looked up on You Tube.  You know, it really hits the mark brilliantly and we can all identify with those fun and fabulous women in the ad.  So onwards and upwards…… we have all made a decision that by the end of July, we will have done something new in the form of sport and exercise.  No excuses, even though we all know we secretly feel self-conscience!


The web site is full of ideas and inspiration and you can even create your own This
Girl Can poster (next job for the day)…..

We are lucky in that our office is very close to the River Thames and we have, for the past couple of years, spied paddle boarders out on gorgeous sunny weekends. There is even a sailing club literally up the river…… hmmm, might be wet, but fun!

Don’t be put of ladies by all the photoshopped images of perfect bodies and faces we are bombarded with daily.  We are real women and real woman can do! Or, as the ad says “This Girl Can”.  thisgirlcan

Watch out for our update…. if we can, you can too and we will share our story with you and on the campaign web site….. take look here at some current stories.

Go for it girls!

Love and kisses from
The Pro Hygiene Collection® xxxxx

Hot, Hot, Hot! Our Tips For Keeping Cool

By the time you read this, the summer heatwave here in the UK (and especially in London where we are feeling it a little more), will be over!  But just in case, summer does return, a few top tips for staying cool.hapholdelet

Wear the right clothes
Natural fibres are critical as you skin can breath.  Ditch the synthetics.  Wear loose clothing.  If you work in an environment where smart business attire is the norm, your employer will be feeling the heat too, so ask for dress down.  We laughed yesterday as one guy in the city was told not to wear shorts, so came back in a dress!!

No plastic on your feet – just melts your tootsies, so keep those feet cool with sandals or cotton socks and leather.

Cool down points
Dip you hands up to your writs into cold water for an immediate cool down.  Same with feet.  An icepack wrapped in a tea towel around your neck is another great way of Vacation idea. Woman feet closeup. Beautiful pedicure.keeping cool.

We know these are not possible when in a work environment, but end of day, it is a good way to cool down.

We would all love to have air conditioning, but likely 99.99% of us do not. Have your fan on but here’s the trick – dampen down an top sheet with cold water (not so it’s dripping wet) and just before getting into bed, put the damp sheet over you (it will feel chilly at first), but you will be able to sleep especially if you have a fan. Your body heat will dry the sheet by morning but with these very hot night temperatures, you might have to dampen the sheet again during the night.  Tried and tested in the heat of the African bush!

Our furry friends
Please don’t forget your pets – from cold water (pop ice cubes into the bowls) to fans.  Our two long-haired furry mascots have a fan and are lying on on cold bathroom tiles.

Keep drinking water
We know you hear it all the time – keep hydrated – but in this heat, it truly is important.  Drink twice as much as you think you need.Couple staying hydrated

Keep eye on the elderly
If your neighbours are elderly, or living along, be a good neighbour and knock on the door and check they are OK. Remember, it could be your granny or great aunt.

Do not go outside in the midday sun
mother applying sunblock cream on daughter shoulderWe know that the sun is at its strongest midday, but mid-summer means high levels of UV all day, so stay out of the sunlight from 11am through to at least 4pm and wear high protection sun screen.  Don’t be fooled.  We know that it’s fab to get a few rays, but not at the expense of painful sunburn and sun damage.  It’s not worth it!

Stay cool.

Love and kisses from
The Pro Hygiene Collection® xxxxx


Whatever You Think of Politics – Don’t Throw Away Your Right To Vote

In troubled times, personal, political, economic, social …….. for those eligible to vote in the UK’s general election today, remember that the right to vote is the one of the great privileges of freedom.

And it is that right combined with our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy, that those who wish to derail democracy in any form, would rather you didn’t enjoy.  Millions of lives have been lost in wars around the world including the First and Second World Wars and we owe those who gave their lives in the past and to those who will do so in the future, to cast our vote.

There are still too many people currently in the world who do not have the right to vote, so whatever you think of our politicians today (quite frankly their behavior is often more in line with play ground spats we would not allow our children to be involved in), put aside their snipping, misinformation, maneuvering and one-upmanship, and cast your vote. Do it for yourself and for those who can’t.

Love and kisses from
The Pro Hygiene Collection® xxxxx



Keep Hydrated & Wear High Factor Sun Screen

When the summer eventually comes to us here in the UK, especially over a long bank holiday weekend, it is so easy to forget to wear sun screen as we are simply so delighted to get out in the sun and be with friends and family.

Sun safety

So whatever you are doing this bank holiday weekend, please do remember to keep hydrated – water (not just the Pimms!) although the odd ice cream or two will be just as good, but to make sure you cover up all those bits of skin with sun screen that rarely see the light of day.

How many times have you seen someone who forget to put sun cream on their toes, back of the neck or hands – ouch!  There is a great range of quality sun protection lotions and potions on the market and you do not need to break the bank to stay safe in the sun. From creams and gels, to sprays and lotions……. use them and don’t get out in the sun and then

photo: dailymail.co.uk

put it on.  Half an hour beforehand is usually best.

Protect your eyes too and wear those UV sun glasses and don’t forget the kids and your pets too!

Wherever you are and whatever you are upto this long weekend, enjoy yourselves and as the Australians say “slip, slap, slop”  Happy weekend everyone.

Love and kisses from
The Pro Hygiene Collection® xxxxx


Big Wedding Month – Is Your Hair & Makeup Artist Insured? Was That On Your Wedding Check List?

This coming weekend sees the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton, marry her fiance James Mathews in a classic English country wedding – flower girls, glass marque and all!  We hope they have a lovely day and enjoy a happy life together.

Pippa has huge resources, both financial and contacts in terms of her “little black book” to basically choose whatever her heart’s desire for the big day.  But whatever your style

word wedding checklist note paper on pink flower background

Don’t assume your makeup artist has the right insurance, check!

of wedding, and however big or small your budget, if you are having your hair and makeup done professionally on the big day, there are some basics that every bride should have on that very long wedding check list.


When choosing a makeup artist (and this goes for hair

Beauty bride in bridal gown with bouquet and lace veil

Good bridal makeup and hair professionals get booked up months in advance, so plan ahead

too) – whether celebrity of young emerging talent, there are a few fundamental rules to note:

  1. training with recognizable qualifications
  2. recommendation and reputation
  3. meet, plan and book a trial session
  4. “Clean is Beautiful”
  5. budget
  6. Insurance – have they got it (and we are not just talking about their kit)!!

It’s so easy to use a search engine and type in “wedding makeup artist” …. it’s exciting and we know it’s a big day in so many ways and makeup and hair is just one more thing to organise. But getting the right makeup and beauty professional for your special day can be “interesting” if you are not sure what to look out for.  There are lots of different ways to find your pro artist,

Make-up artist applying makeup

A trial makeup session is a must

but word of mouth and recommendation is usually the first and often best starting point.

Knowing your date and location are also key as many good pro bridal artists will have been booked months and months in advance, so once the wedding date, time and location is settled, get searching for your wedding beauty fairy godmother.

When talking to friends and doing your research, make sure you talk to those artists who can demonstrate they are trained professionally by asking to see certificates.  You can also check with the schools and colleges too from where they graduated.


Check portfolios and get references

Portfolios that demonstrates their work are great, but endorsements from past clients are better. And remember it is so easy to make a fake portfolio and references, so do some checks. Never assume.

At time of booking a trial, ask the MUA (makeup artist) to send you a copy of the professional and public liability certificates.  If they can’t then it usually means they do not have the right insurances in place.  STOP there and then.  Any artist practising without adequate cover is a no-no.

Some MUA’s have kit insurance only and not public liability insurance – so be warned.   What happens if someone trips over the airbrush on the big day and crashes in the the priceless Ming vase or worse, your maid of honour ends up in hospital with a broken ankle falling over the hair tongs cable!  Anything can happen and it probably will!

High definition photography and filming is the norm these days, so ensure when you talk to your MUA about makeup techniques that will help ensure your makeup lasts and looks great in the millions of pixels.

Making time for a quick friendship selfie

It’s all about you – so ensure you book a qualified, professional makeup artist for your wedding

MUA’s who do hair for weddings usually charge a lot more than makeup artists who just do makeup.  So you need to determine what you need.  How big is your bridal party? Who out of the bridal party is having their makeup done by the pro?  Just you, the bride? What about the mother of the bride!  Work out a budget for yourself first as you are the star of the show, and if you are able and willing to make the party’s day extra special by providing makeup and hair for all, then plan accordingly.  One MUA cannot do everyone in a large bridal group with hair!

Trial makeup sessions should be fun, but first things first. Clean is most definitely the

Pro kit

Dirty kit = dirty makeup and risk of infection

beautiful bride.  Dirty kit = dirty makeup artist.  If your beauty pro turns up with a manky looking kit, cancel there and then.  Any makeup pro whose kit looks as if it has seen better days spells trouble.  A kit should be sparkling clean, neat and tidy starting from how they look.  Clean hands, clean tools, clean products, clean brushes.  If your makeup pro starts working on your without first sanitizing their hands before they start, then you know for sure they are not taking personal hygiene seriously.

Open hand raised, Stop Bacteria sign painted, multi purpose conc

Clean hands = clean makeup artist

Clean brushes and the use of disposables is another tell-tell sign.  Infection from cross-contamination through “double-dipping” can cause nasty bacterial infections – from conjunctivitis to the cold sore Herpes virus. Of course, your MUA should have The Pro Hygiene Collection® in their kit!

Remember it’s your day and no pro MUA should be

Use disposable mascara wands

No disposables, no booking

allowed to suddenly make you look like you have just come off the catwalk when you walk down the aisle!  You do want your future husband to see you in all your beauty, not as some slightly vampish version of your normal gorgeous self!  And, remember, the photos, professional and by friends and family, will be around forever!

Thinking of old times

Photos will last, so make sure you look like you!

A mood board of your dress, colours, theme, accessories is obviously the place to start, but then let your MUA help you get the right look for your day. Remember it’s all about you, and a good pro MUA should know all the tricks of the trade to make you look amazing and bring out all your wonderful natural beauty and help conceal the bits your are not so happy with.  A trial is just that, a trial.  So use it wisely – after all, you are the customer. We know from experience that if you are a bit “fussy” you need to book enough time to meet, discuss and cover a couple of looks.  Anything under two hours is definitely not enough.  Talk to your pro MUA before booking in detail over the phone.  Use your check list.

There is so much to talk about with wedding makeup, we could go on forever and,of course, you may wish to do you own makeup.

bride with lipstick

Even if you are doing your own makeup, plan ahead!

But we are concerned today with the matter of hygiene and insurance.   Don’t assume your chosen pro has the right and adequate insurance. There are many a horror story we could tell you about mobile beauty professionals not having insurance…… so don’t be fooled and never ever assume. As we said earlier, ask to see before booking the insurance certificate.

We know that a wedding, whether big news as with Pippa Middleton, or a small blessing with just a handful of guests, is stressful enough, but do add to your check list to hire professional hair and makeup with the right qualifications and experience and with the right insurance too.

Wishing you luck, good wishes and good fortune – happy wedding day.

Love and kisses from
The Pro Hygiene Collection® xxxxx





Eight out of ten people are failing to adequately apply sunscreen before going out in the sun, according to a survey carried out by the British Association of Dermatologists to mark Sun Awareness Week (8th-14th May).

The poll found that 80 per cent of us don’t apply sunscreen before going out in the sun and then shortly afterwards. This is the approach recommended for three key reasons of which the public should be aware: to make sure that the product is fully absorbed before skin is exposed to sun, to help reduce the chances of areas of skin being missed, and to ensure a thick enough layer is applied. The survey also found that 70 per cent of people fail to reapply sunscreen every two hours as recommended

So we thought we would remind you that as it’s nearly mid-May, and the sun is becoming stronger, time to think about sun care for the upcoming summer months if you haven’t done so already!

Sun damage - effects on skin (photo: greysonintl.com)

Premature signs of ageing are often caused by sun damage but when the correct precautions are taken, these can easily be avoided. Even sitting in our cars, we are at risk of skin damage from the sun’s UVA rays. Studies show that the damage can be so dramatic that, over time, the side of the face exposed to the rays can end up looking up to seven years older than the other! (1)

However – with 100,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year, 10% of which constitute its deadliest form, melanoma – fine lines and wrinkles should be the least of our worries.

After spending the winter months layered in clothes, naturally our skin is going to be is at its most vulnerable during the spring. So here are a few tips, tricks and some of our hero products to prepare you for protection throughout spring and summer.

Kiehls' Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50

Even if it doesn’t feel hot enough to be slathering on the suncream in the mornings, ALWAYS choose a moisturiser or foundation with an SPF of at least 15. That way you will have advanced protection whether you are in or out of the sun. And for those of you with paler skin, or if the sun is extra hot then opt for a moisturiser specifically designed for UV protection. We love Khiels’ Ultra Light Daily Defense SPF 50, which utilizes a high level of sun filters Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl Xl to provide the skin with effective UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen protection (also a great option if you have sensitive skin!).

With all the excitement of the warm weather, we forget how easy it is to damage our skin. Especially with the first warmth of sunshine on our skin, it’s difficult not to get carried away. So even if it’s just a couple of hours in the park, you really mustn’t forget to protect all body parts on show.

(photos: dailymail.co.uk)

If you could see under UV, you could see where the protection is missing. Nivea shows shocking images taken by a UV camera lens, and you can see how much difference sun-cream really makes, and how badly our skin is left exposed without it. And not all sun-creams are the same so head to Boots for Nivea’s range.


And remember, skin damage isn’t the only kind of damage caused by the sun. Extensive exposure to sunlight increases the risk of a type of cataract and is also linked to pterygia (growths on the surface of the eye) (2).

Warehouse Aviator Sunglasses (photo:asos.com)

So make sure to invest in a pair of decent sunglasses that has either the CE Mark and British Standard (BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013), a UV 400 label, or a statement that the sunglasses offer 100% UV protection (2).

Love and kisses from
The Pro Hygiene Collection® xxxxx

(1) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1309678/Sunshine-wrinkles-window.html#ixzz3a1pVl68a

(2) http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx