London writer searching out and celebrating products, people and experiences that add beauty to the world. Objects of desire reviewed from the perspective of an aged crone, short of time and lacking money. So if stuff looks good on me, it'll look great on you.
  • Professional Beauty Show at EXCEL London

    There is something about February that makes my jaded old heart sing, and that’s the chance to troll around the Professional Beauty Show at Excel, London. Valentine’s Day? Pah – I SPIT on Valentine’s Day! Retail beauty products at wholesale prices: that’s what brings a spring to my step and a gleam to my eye, and(…)

  • KUNG HEI FAT CHOI! Shopping in London’s Chinatown

    Chinese New Year is one of my favourite celebrations: I love the emphasis on grub, decoration and MONEY! The Year of the Goat began yesterday, on the 19th of February, so hip, hip hooray for me, as I’m a Goat. The Belle and I met up in Chinatown to celebrate what we hope will be a happy,(…)

  • Guy Bourdin: Image Maker at Somerset House

    It may be Winter outside, but in my heart it is Spring – thanks to the colour-drenched, riotous retrospective that is Guy Bourdin: Image Maker at Somerset House. The exhibition has been running since November and closes mid-March; go see it as soon as you can, because you will want to make more than one visit. Entry(…)

  • Rodial Contouring Bar at Harvey Nichols – Instant Bone Structure!

    The Rodial Contouring Bar at Harvey Nichols opened for business last year – just in time for early adopters to look très chic at Christmas parties. But I am moved to write about it today because I am full of cold and February flatness, and cheering myself up by remembering how extremely jolly and buoyant I felt(…)

  • Frapin Nevermore: A Scent For All Eternity

    Frapin Nevermore eau de parfum is an unforgettable rose scent. Haunting, elusive, and evocative; it is a scent for all eternity. Last September, I was fortunate enough to meet David Frossard, the Creative Director of Frapin, at Bloom Perfumery, where he was introducing Nevermore, the newest scent in the Frapin line.  I was given a bottle of Nevermore(…)

  • It’s My Birthday and I’ll Buy If I Want To featuring YSL Opium and Nip & Fab

    There are many, many things I love about being a Capricorn*, and high on the list is that my birthday falls during the January sales. It’s My Birthday And I’ll Buy If I Want To is my New Year Resolution and has been for many years! Anything I’ve shown HEROIC resistance to buying for myself(…)

  • HAPPY CHRISTMAS from iBeheld! xxxx

  • Coup D’Eclat et Moi – Love at First Sight!

    I was struck by un coup de foudre when I first set eyes on Coup D’Eclat Ampoules Lifting. I have a weakness for most things French – and I especially love their food, their strikes, their magazines, their magasins and their beauty products. Coup D’Eclat retails at BeautyMART for £36.00, which works out to £3.00 per capsule. This is a bit(…)

  • Tell Me About Your Bad Self – Shamah Khan

    Shamah Khan lives in East London and works as a swimming teacher.  This interview took place in December 2013, the photos were taken in spring of 2014, and I owe Shamah endless thanks for her patience in waiting on publication!

Professional Beauty Show at EXCEL London

Professional Beauty Show at EXCEL London

There is something about February that makes my jaded old heart sing, and that’s the chance to troll around the Professional Beauty Show at Excel, London. Valentine’s Day? Pah – I SPIT on Valentine’s Day! Retail beauty products at wholesale prices: that’s what brings a spring to my step and a gleam to my eye, and(…)

KUNG HEI FAT CHOI! Shopping in London’s Chinatown

KUNG HEI FAT CHOI! Shopping in London’s Chinatown

Chinese New Year is one of my favourite celebrations: I love the emphasis on grub, decoration and MONEY! The Year of the Goat began yesterday, on the 19th of February, so hip, hip hooray for me, as I’m a Goat. The Belle and I met up in Chinatown to celebrate what we hope will be a happy,(…)

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker at Somerset House

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker at Somerset House

It may be Winter outside, but in my heart it is Spring – thanks to the colour-drenched, riotous retrospective that is Guy Bourdin: Image Maker at Somerset House. The exhibition has been running since November and closes mid-March; go see it as soon as you can, because you will want to make more than one visit. Entry(…)

Rodial Contouring Bar at Harvey Nichols – Instant Bone Structure!

Rodial Contouring Bar at Harvey Nichols – Instant Bone Structure!

The Rodial Contouring Bar at Harvey Nichols opened for business last year – just in time for early adopters to look très chic at Christmas parties. But I am moved to write about it today because I am full of cold and February flatness, and cheering myself up by remembering how extremely jolly and buoyant I felt(…)

Frapin Nevermore: A Scent For All Eternity

Frapin Nevermore: A Scent For All Eternity

Frapin Nevermore eau de parfum is an unforgettable rose scent. Haunting, elusive, and evocative; it is a scent for all eternity. Last September, I was fortunate enough to meet David Frossard, the Creative Director of Frapin, at Bloom Perfumery, where he was introducing Nevermore, the newest scent in the Frapin line.  I was given a bottle of Nevermore(…)

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Buy If I Want To featuring YSL Opium and Nip & Fab

It’s My Birthday and I’ll Buy If I Want To featuring YSL Opium and Nip & Fab

There are many, many things I love about being a Capricorn*, and high on the list is that my birthday falls during the January sales. It’s My Birthday And I’ll Buy If I Want To is my New Year Resolution and has been for many years! Anything I’ve shown HEROIC resistance to buying for myself(…)

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from iBeheld! xxxx

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from iBeheld! xxxx

Coup D’Eclat et Moi – Love at First Sight!

Coup D’Eclat et Moi – Love at First Sight!

I was struck by un coup de foudre when I first set eyes on Coup D’Eclat Ampoules Lifting. I have a weakness for most things French – and I especially love their food, their strikes, their magazines, their magasins and their beauty products. Coup D’Eclat retails at BeautyMART for £36.00, which works out to £3.00 per capsule. This is a bit(…)

Tell Me About Your Bad Self – Shamah Khan

Tell Me About Your Bad Self – Shamah Khan

Shamah Khan lives in East London and works as a swimming teacher.  This interview took place in December 2013, the photos were taken in spring of 2014, and I owe Shamah endless thanks for her patience in waiting on publication!