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The Three Minute Makeup Routine

November 28, 2016
three minute makeup

I am wholeheartedly a beauty person. In a world where my life is dictated by two little ones, beauty is something that makes me feel like I’m giving myself a little treat. I can do it from home and is an activity I can spend five or fifty minutes on, depending on what those little ones need from me in that particular moment. It’s not something you need to be an expert in to enjoy, and if you fancy reading…

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An Advent For Alice

November 24, 2016
Adventshop

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AdventShop #CollectiveBias Why should kids get all the fun at Advent, eh? My two look forward to the season with genuine glee – the thought of a chocolate-filled calendar filling their every waking minute the week – no, the month – before. We’re only on the 24th November and already I have fielded two, yes TWO tantrums because I haven’t allowed my four year old to break…

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The Best REN Products

September 15, 2016
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REN is one of those solidly good skincare brands that always delivers for me. They’re not faddy, they’re not flashy, they’re simply reassuringly effective. Plus Caroline Hirons swears by them as a pocket-friendly yet effective range, and there’s no higher recommendation than that. I first heard about them in the days before I was into skincare, in the days I would never have dreamed of letting an acid near my face. A friend who had trouble-prone skin raved over their…

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Which Serum Should I Use? My Top Two

July 13, 2016
what serum should I use

This weekend, as I drove back from Elfie’s birthday party at Hollywood Bowl, I got ID’d buying a bottle of wine. I was surprised – firstly because I had the look of a shellshocked crime victim, having just spent 2 hours manhandling fourteen 5, 6 and 7 year olds, but also because I am 12 days away from turning 31. I handed over my driving license, expressing my surprise to the lovely, wonderful man behind the counter. “I have to ask…

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A Holiday Beauty Wardrobe

June 17, 2016
holiday beauty wardrobe

There was a time when the only holiday wardrobe I was concerned about was the one that had actual clothes in. I am after all the girl who took 9 pairs of shoes for 7 days in New York: you could say packing light doesn’t come easily to me. My motto used to be ‘just in case’… I may not have worn those sparkly silver platforms for 2 years in the UK, but who knows if they’d be required for some…

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VIDEO: The 5 Minute Makeover With Boutique By Sainsbury’s

May 3, 2016
5 minute makeover

I might be a beauty person, but I am NOT a make-up person. Believe me, there’s been many the disaster at my bedroom mirror involving a tube of liquid eyeliner, a YouTube video and the notion of a ‘winged eye’. I just don’t have the time or the patience for it. I’m trying to work on my aversion to slap, after all, at the age of 30 it’s about time I learned how to do myself up nicely. I’m getting…

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Take Three: Face Masks

April 25, 2016
top face masks

Face masks are one of the beauty treatments that I must do weekly. Even if I don’t have time to do my full facial routine, a quick face mask makes me feel refreshed, ready to ‘face’ (HAH) the world. There are hundreds of masks out there to choose from, but here are my top three. I use each one for different reasons, whether my skin is feeling dull, dry or congested. Take your pick! FOR TROUBLE SKIN: Clinique Pore Refining Charcoal Mask This…

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A Skincare Routine For Beginners

March 7, 2016
skincare routine

A couple of weeks ago I went for coffee with my lovely friend Lizzi. Nothing out of the ordinary there, you might think, but this coffee was different. It was our inaugural Beauty Coffee. Now, the friendship I have with Lizzi is special. Of course we chat about kids and men and work and all that good stuff, but we also spend hours discussing one of the most important topics there is: our faces. Lizzi is most definitely responsible for…

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Tested: Dr Perricone No Foundation Foundation

February 10, 2016
Dr Perricone no foundation foundation review

A little while ago I had a very important breakfast shindig to go to. To make it there in time I’d have to leave my house at 6.15am, yawning and grumbling, ready to make the 6.40am train to London. This breakfast was with actual people working in the actual fashion industry: and not only that but we were to be joined by actual icons. Lorraine Candy! Marne Levine! The entire staff of Elle! Plus I knew I’d be in a room…

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Skincare For The Flu

February 2, 2016
Skincare for flu

In case you haven’t heard me bang on about it enough, last week I was really ill withe the flu. It was awful – it takes a lot for me to down tools, stop work and call in the big guns (i.e. Grannie) for help – and I was in bed for close to a full week. So yesterday, to celebrate my re-entry (ish, I’m still pretty snotty) into the human race, I decided to make a video to highlight…

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Tested: Clinique Take The Day Off Balm

January 18, 2016
Clinique Take The Day Off Balm Review

Cleansing balms are the best. We are so lucky to be alive in this magical age where we don’t have to dry our faces out with foamy soaps but can instead look after our skin with oils and balms. Good times, people. Good times. So let’s talk about my number one, shall we? The amazing, the magnificent: Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm. For me, this balm is the absolute Holy Grail of all balms. It’s the one I reach for at least…

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