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SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

February 7, 2017
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

There’s a reason women in East Asia are so lauded for their skincare. Yes, their 10-to-12 step routines may seem overkill for some, but they are a continent of beautiful skin. Encouraged to embrace the process of cleansing, exfoliating and intensely moisturising along with an SPF before some of us are of an age that we can dress ourselves, their way of looking after their faces makes total sense. Why rush for the expensive eye creams at 40, desperately trying to reverse too…

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Sisley Eye Contour Mask Review

January 31, 2017
sisley eye contour mask

Eye creams: they’re a bit of a faff, aren’t they? That’s what I thought up until my recent winter skin issues; despite religiously slathering the stuff on morning and night since the age of 25, I was never sure if my eye creams were actually doing anything. And then the winter happened and the dry skin was upon me. My eyes were crepe-y, dry, red, irritated, and made me look ten years older. They were just horrendous and I felt like nothing I was doing…

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Make Over Your Makeup Bag This Winter

January 17, 2017
Make Over Your Makeup Bag

I had a great idea yesterday. As I don’t know anyone who is bossing January this year – has anyone ever bossed a January? – I thought it might be good if we all just forget about it. Call in sick for the rest of the month, slack off for a couple of weeks. That way, when February arrives, we can all start fresh: the way we probably meant to in January, before the grey weather and post-Christmas comedown made…

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One Surprising Cure For Dry and Sensitive Skin

January 11, 2017

Winter is the harshest on our skin: on a daily basis it experiences cold weather, warm central heating, hot water and those gloriously toasty heaters on buses and in shops that I find I must always must hover around. Cold/hot/cold/hot… it takes its toll. I’ve had real struggles with my own skin this season. Its sensitivity has been elevated several notches and I’ve experienced several stress-triggered allergic reactions; one that happened after a rather lovely evening at home watching Magic…

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Fixing Dry and Sensitive Winter Skin

December 12, 2016
winter dry skin

My skin has been through the mill this autumn/winter. I’m not exactly sure why or how – though I suspect a cold sharp shock of freezing temperatures, London pollution and central heating has something to do with it – and a few weeks ago I was in a bad way. It started off as some innocuous dry skin. This was followed by full-on flakiness around my eyes, which led to an insane allergic reaction following the use of a gorgeous…

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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
best ren products

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

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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