Many brides-to-be choose to do their own makeup, I should know I was one of them. The reasons for doing this vary: perhaps the budget is being spent on another things, you’ve never liked the finished look of a professional makeover, or you just enjoy doing your own makeup. I fell into the latter two, excited at the prospect to do some product research and … Continue reading DIY Bridal Makeup
First of all, I don’t see the point of getting a manicure with standard nail polish and find it a complete waste of money. Unless you do absolutely no housework, are the most light-handed person and have the most adhesive nails, normal nail varnish is just not going to go the distance. So about 5 years ago I discovered the beauty of gel nails. The … Continue reading SNS Nails- is this the secret to a long-lasting manicure (without acrylic)?
Despite the fact that everyone hates January because it’s long, I see the silver lining that it gives me more time to try out products. Sorry this isn’t bang on 31st January, my full-time job (which is not being a blogger) is pretty hectic at the moment. So here are the things that have been making January brighter, smoother, and cleaner. Nip& Fab Glycolic Fix … Continue reading January Favourites
Last weekend I spent 48 hours in Spain. I was flying Ryanair which meant all I could take was about the clothes on my back and a packet of chewing gum, so I had to think hard about what products would make the cut into my washbag. Years ago this exercise of getting everything under 100ml would have stressed me out, but now I’ve got … Continue reading Travel Skincare: A weekend
Another year, another Insta-trend. This time, to celebrate Instagram’s 10-year anniversary, they are asking people to post a 10-year-challenge: putting up a photo from 2009 and a photo from 2019. The results are what you would expect- embarrassing fashion choices, questionable hairstyles, dramatic body changes and the usual comedic memes. In 2009, I graduated from university in London and finished my part time job at … Continue reading Skincare advice to my 22-year-old self
I discovered liquid exfoliators when I upped my skincare regimen about 4 years ago. Traditionally, exfoliators were physical with microbeads (bad for the environment), granules or sugar. If you lived in the UK or US during the 2000s, chances are you bought a couple of St Ives Apricot Scrubs in that time but (thankfully) since then, the exfoliation game has come on a long way. … Continue reading Liquid Exfoliators
When talking makeup, the perfect base is the most important thing for me. Even now, I can love my outfit and hair, but if that base isn’t nailed I just don’t feel my best. With the ups and downs my skin and I have had, there has been a revolving door of foundations. Mineral powders, cushion, CC cream, BB cream, mousse, full coverage, second skin, … Continue reading I’m all about the base
This afternoon, I put on a Caroline Hirons YouTube video in the background while I was tidying up the bedroom (rock and roll!). And as I was folding up my husband’s trousers which is obviously too complicated a task, she mentioned her friend who has become the editor of NEW BEAUTY MAGAZINE. I stopped said folding, rewound the video 20 seconds to check I wasn’t … Continue reading A beauty magazine- it does exist!
When I was about 10 I used to read ‘Girl Talk‘. Filled to the brim with news about the Spice Girls, puppies and came with a ‘free, fabulous choker!‘. At 15 it was ‘CosmoGirl‘ telling me the magic formula of how to get a perfect Californian tan (how irresponsible) and ‘zap that zit‘. From 18 onwards it was all about Glamour & Elle and at … Continue reading Do beauty magazines exist?
I read this quote today from Tamara Hill-Norton, founder of active lifestyle brand Sweaty Betty. Time and time again, it’s easy to forget to take a minute (or sixty) for yourself whether you have a demanding job, active social life, children, etc. December is a great example of this, when before you know it, Christmas parties are over, you shopped like a maniac and went back … Continue reading ‘Self-care is not selfish’