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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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