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  • This episode is brought to you in collaboration with Philips.

     I started trying all the ways that someone can remove their hair from a very early age and, trust me when you’ve got over 30 years of hair removal under your belt you realise how so many of them are messy, uncomfortable, ineffective and inconvenient - it’s a veritable comedy of hair removal errors! This is why I’ve asked author and columnist - and my mate - Rosie Green to join me in a no-holds-barred chat about the embarrassing stories we both have from our hair removal attempts. We also opened the floor to you, my most excellent listeners, and we share some of the mishaps you’ve had in pursuit of hair-free body parts. Spoiler alert - we were nearly in tears laughing over some of them.

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    Dr Sharon Wong joins me in this episode to talk about the technology in the device and why it reduces hair growth. During our conversation, Sharon explains the hair growth cycle, how the Intense Pulse Light, IPL, works and what effect it has on the individual hair follicles, why the two weeks between treatments when you first starting using the device is so important, who can use and benefit from the technology and much more.

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  • Lorna Luxe is a content creator, entrepreneur and designer who joins me on the podcast to share her feel-good habits, the strategies she uses and recommends to make sure every day is a good day.

    In this episode, @lornaluxe and I discuss:

    The joy of staying in bed and why the narrative of getting up early somehow equals success isn't true.Why switching off devices, as advised by Marie Reynolds, has been a quick way to maximise sleep in the Luxe household.The Tony Robbins technique that helps Lorna prime every day to be a good day and why it receives her glowing recommendations of 'I'll tell you what, it's belting!'How food is something she uses to make herself feel-good after depriving herself a lot in her 20s she feels now, in her 30s, that she's found a balance.The IGTV Callie Thorpe posted that has transformed the way she preps her food every week.Why skincare and haircare are quick and easy ways to invest some time and care in yourself and why beauty as self-care can be a five-minute job and doesn't mean 'full-on masks, massages and all that jazzPlus we also go off on a major hair loss tangent as we both started seeing trichologists at Philip Kingsley at about the same time in 2020 and have seen impressive results.Plus, I also quiz her about airplane hygiene and what she does and doesn't recommend you do on planes as a former cabin crew.

    During this conversation, we also mentioned: the I Am Not Your Guru documentary on Netflix Dusk bed linen and Mela Silk bed linen.

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  • Natasha Lunn joins me on the podcast to talk about love. That's right, love.

    In her new book Conversations on Love, Tash (@natashachloelunn) explores the many types of love in our relationships, friendships, family and even in the places where you may not expect love to live.

    Perhaps something we can all relate to is making mistakes in love, feeling the loss of love, being hurt by how much we love.

    Tash and I discuss this, and more, in this episode.

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  • This episode is brought to you in collaboration with Philips.

    The Philips Lumea is an impressive device that’s safe to use at home featuring really sophisticated technology that can give a result of a 92% reduction in just three treatments. But, in addition to the IPL technology, the success of your treatment relies on using the device on a specific schedule, which is why Lee Pycroft, psychotherapist and coach, is joining me in this episode to discuss how we make habits and how we can create space in our lives to use the Philips Lumea for optimal results. We also discuss the role of consistency in reaping the rewards of habitual behaviour and what our habits say, or don’t say, about us.

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  • Gemma Newman is a GP and author who returns to the podcast to share her feel-good habits, the strategies he uses and recommends to make sure every day is a good day.

    In this episode, @plantpowerdoctor shares:

    Why she makes sure she's eating 'mood food' and why making healthy food choices can improve your physical and mental health.The joy and comfort from a cup of tea and the grounding ceremony of making it.How being of service to others and why doing good makes you feel good.Why connection with others is so important and something we've understood more over the last 18 months.How connection with nature can be so beneficial.The power of acceptance and how that can create peace in your life.The benefits she has reaped from the gokai, her morning and evening mantra.

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  • Lisa Bilyeu is the co-founder and president of Impact Theory, a digital media production company focused on empowering content. And that, listeners, is how I first came to learn about Lisa. I watched the video of an interview she had done with my friend, the makeup artist and entrepreneur, Mally Roncal and really liked the tone of her content, which is design to wake up, confront, empower and motivate those who watch it.

    In this conversation, @lisabilyeu and I discuss:

    Why it’s so easy to find yourself in the purgatory of the mundane.Why it’s her mission to push people to know what their dreams are and be confident to pursue them.Her message of radical confidence.Why, if you have a goal, you have to have the energy and mindset as if it’s Day One every single day.How, in her youth, she had wanted to fit in so badly that she ended up minimising herself and how she came to be able to shift into her gear when she was unapologetically herself.Why taking ownership of your mistakes and committing to learning from them is so important.Why the ego is only ever trying to protect you but sometimes doesn’t help you at all.How we can fall into the trap of rejecting ourselves and so much more…

    For more information about Lisa and to be first to hear about her book, out 2022, go to https://www.lisabilyeu.com

    Watch WOMEN OF IMPACT now.

    Watch Lisa's TED Talk From Housewife to the Co-Founder of a Billion-Dollar Company

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    Harnaam Kaur is a motivational speaker and social activist whose insights on choice, and how those choices inspire positivity and self-expression are eye-opening and ultimately empowering.

    in this episode, Harnaam and I discuss; self-expression and why confidence comes from making choices that empower you - and who cares what anyone else thinks? We chat about Harnaam’s choices around the Philips Lumea and how just because she has a beard it doesn’t mean she doesn’t use the device elsewhere on her body - and other assumptions people may make just from looking at her. She explains why she so passionate about the mantra ‘my body, my rules’ and how we can continue to move conversations around body and facial hair forward with understanding and acceptance.

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  • Robin James is a content creator and producer who joins me on the podcast to share his feel-good habits, the strategies he uses and recommends to make sure every day is a good day.

    In this episode, @manforhimself shares:

    Why the combination of early morning exercise, and exercise where you really go for it, set him up for the day.Why matching fragrance to your mood and throwing all the fragrance ‘rules’ out of the window is a way to instantly transport yourself to a good mood.How nurturing plants and surrounding himself with plants makes him thrive as much and them.How nurturing friendships is something he realised he needed to do more of during lockdown when it wasn’t possible to see people IRL.Why setting clear boundaries and always ‘keeping something for yourself’ takes work but encourages healthy connections with people - both on and offline.

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  • Alison Young is an independent qualified beauty therapist who returns to the podcast to share her insights from 35 years in the beauty industry. From being a hands-on therapist to the face of beauty on shopping TV and brands' secret weapon when developing products, there's not much she doesn't know.

    In this conversation, Ali and I discuss:

    Why the customer always comes first.Why people in the public eye who have cosmetic tweakments and don’t declare it set an unrealistic expectation for what beauty products can doWhy she hasn’t had any cosmetic procedures because she doesn’t want anything to skew the effects and therefore how good a product actually isHow a shift in how we spoke about beauty a few years ago has allowed much more ‘good’ information to get out into the world but sadly has opened the doors to some ‘bad’ information.How beauty identities, ie, being someuse who uses clean beauty for example, allows you to be marketed to better but doesn’t actually mean you’re getting better skincareWhy what works for someone else won’t necessarily work for youWhy the biggest mistake a brand can make is forgetting about the customer and much much more…

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  • In this episode, I elaborate on one of my feel-good habits - the joy of learning.

    Links from the show:

    The Times Money Mentor

    Coursera: Yale, The Science of Well-Being

    Centre of Excellence

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  • In this episode of the podcast, I share my feel-good habits, the strategies I use and recommend to make sure every day is a good day.

    My habits include:

    Making sure every day starts off as productively as possible, and why that can only happen if I have an evening ritual in place.Why cleaning and tidy not only organise the mind and make me feel productive in the short-term but also have long-term benefits too.The importance of getting outside to get fresh air and also be in nature and why tagging on the habit of breathwork (I choose @mrjamesnestor and @icemanhof for mine) maximizes any time outside.How lockdown and the shift from in-person to online communication with friends has altered my friendships but made me appreciate my connections in a way I hadn’t had the chance to before.Why learning and becoming a sponge for new information has been one of the best feel-good habits I’ve leaned into during lockdown and want to carry on now restrictions have lifted.

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  • Davinia Taylor returns to the podcast to talk about her new book It's Not A Diet and how biohacking, listening to her body, working with it, rather than against, and paying close attention to what she was feeding it has been instrumental in her feeling better now, aged 43, than she did 20 years ago.

    In this episode, we discuss:

    Why she was so passionate about putting pen to paper.How her own experiences have convinced her more people should try this out.Why obesity is a very slow death.Why no one should be judged for being overweight because there are often a multitude of factors at play.Why we should be thinking about more about how food makes us feel after we eat it than when we’re eating it.Why living her healthier life doesn’t cost money and actually just requires some fairly small changes.How much of an effort it is to not like yourself and why it’s a constant battle that no one else knows you’re fighting.Why processed food are so bad for us - and not just for the reasons you may already know.The role of hormones in how we feel and the lifestyle changes we can implement that can help.Why exercising doesn’t have to mean being a gym bunny or go hell for leather and so much more…

    Davinia's book It's Not a Diet is available now.

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  • One of the things I'm asked about most, via DM and email, is weight loss and yet I am always hesitant to talk about this publicly in case I trigger or offend. The body acceptance and body confidence movements have opened up a really important dialogue around how we speak about weight and our bodies, but it also has the power to shut down debate around weight loss.

    In this episode, I discuss the nuances of this topic and share the five things that helped me overcome my own issues and lose the weight I wanted to lose.

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  • Lee Pycroft is a psychotherapist and coach who she joins me on the podcast to share her feel-good habits, the strategies she uses and recommends to make sure every day is a good day.

    In this episode, @leepycroft shares:

    Why waking up and stepping outside into daylight is a foolproof way for getting your mind and body alert and how this impacts on how your body operates throughout the day.The very simple techniques where she allows her body to control her mind.The value in getting outside and into nature for calming and soothing a busy mind.Why getting to a place where you can see in panorama has the effect of calming the mind and body.The overly aggressive vocabulary that goes hand-in-hand with ‘bossing it’ culture and how that turns into a negative inner monologue that we have to undo.The Physiological Sigh; a technique she learned from researchers at Stanford University.Why animal movements have are useful to ground and centre the mind and body.Why learning is so important and taking on a course or striving to learn something new meets the emotional need to feel a sense of accomplishment, and much more… 

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  • Do you know the state of your finances? Do you bury your head in the sand when it comes to money?

    Kristin Lee is an international business manager and financial expert who joins me on the podcast to explain how we can erase the fear and shame around money, get the grips with our finances and set realistic and achievable financial goals.

    It’s one thing to address the administrative side of money, but there’s also the emotional side; the stress, worry and uncertainty it can case. If you immediately break out into a cold sweat when a brown envelope comes through your door then this conversation is for you.

    During our conversation, Kristin and I discuss:

    Her role in managing high-net-worth sportspeople and entertainers and why the start pointing, regardless of income or wealth, when it comes to money management, is nearly always the same.How her career in finance started out on stage as an artist before turning her passion for financial management into a way to help creatives achieve financial security in a fairly uncertain industry.Why there’s so much fear and shame around money, especially for women, and why it’s important to take control.The information you really need to pay attention to in order to manage your money.Why it's so much more expensive to be a woman.Why hiding under a rock and not facing up to your financial situation is the worst thing you can do (even if it is sometimes the easiest).Understanding when you need to delegate, who to ask questions to and when to take control.Her advice for and against joint accounts vs keeping finances separate.Why it’s not about how much money you make and about how much money you keep.Why everyone should have financial goals and what that looks like.Why being sensible with money doesn’t mean you’re not having fun, and much more…

    Kristin's management company KLBM.

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  • This episode of The Emma Guns Show is brought to you in collaboration with Bondi Sands.

    In this episode, I’m joined by Bondi Sands’ founder Blair James for an ‘everything you ever needed to know about suncare’ episode including why we need to use SPF daily and not just when we’re on holiday, what the numbers on our suncare products actually mean and why it’s so very important that we protect ourselves from the sun.

    If you’ve ever felt bamboozled by all things SPF then come and join us for this conversation. It IS a complicated topic and it CAN be confusing, but with Blair’s insights and expertise you’ll feel empowered, informed and know exactly how and when to apply your SPF moving forward.

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  • Julia Samuel psychotherapist and author who returns to the podcast to talk about how we can learn to love ourselves. The topic of this podcast was sparked by a conversation Julia (@juliasamuelmbe) and I had at the end of 2020 when we discussed how liking yourself, or loving yourself, is the foundation for the relationships you are subsequently able to form with others.

    It made me wonder if your relationships are always challenging, cause your stress and/or pain or leave you heartbroken, is it wise to take a step back and examine how you feel about yourself before you make connections with others.

    In this episode, we discuss attachment theory, why loving and being loved is such a vital component of our identity, the risk in loving others and why we need to pay more attention to our feelings, rather than override them because of what others think because they are actually trying to steer us towards the things we need.

    We also, very unscripted I hasten to add, did a little exercise - The Felt Sense by Eugene Gendlin - which was a first for me on this podcast. Speaking of that exercise, it’s slightly hypnotic and could be distracting so please be aware of this and don’t follow along if you’re driving, operating heavy machinery or if your attention is required elsewhere. 

    Before I sat down for this call with Julia, I was telling some friends that I was speaking to her again and as Julia has a huge amount of expertise in grief counselling and living losses, someone suggested I ask her about the end of friendships, female friendships in this instance, and how devastating they can be.

    I think the end of friendships can be trivialised in a way we wouldn’t do with a romantic relationship and so in this episode, we discuss why it’s legitimate to feel the same, or similar, kind of heartbreak after a friendship ends as it is when a relationship does.

    Julia's book This Too Shall Pass is available now.

    Julia's podcast A Living Loss is available on all good podcast platforms.

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  • In this episode, I discuss transitioning out of lockdown back to 'normal' and how to make the world different and 'bigger' in a post-pandemic world.

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