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.
  • Bronze Buffer (Before & After) – The Self-Tan Remover You Should NEVER Be Without

    The Bronze Buffer is a magic sponge that puts an end to tragic tanning mistakes. These soft, squeezable little stars can gently blend away and erase every tide-mark, blotch, stain and streak that stands between you and your perfect fake tan. Do you think it sounds too good to be true? That’s what I thought until Anna-Marie Solowij(…)

  • Carlos Huber of Arquiste, interviewed at Bloom Perfumery

    CARLOS HUBER is the Creative Director of Arquiste: a house that creates fragrances inspired by specific moments in history. Carlos Huber visited Bloom Perfumery this spring, to introduce the new Arquiste scent: L’Etrog Acqua.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to meet with him for a one-to-one exploration of the Arquiste line. iBeheld: Your background(…)

  • New Year, New Riah: featuring Balmain Cosmetique and Paul Yacomine

    Or more accurately, Last Year, Old Riah … I’ve been terrible at keeping the world updated with my hair woes and triumphs. A new reader might not even know that I have extremely fine hair, and that in the last couple of years it has been thinning around the crown and naturally wonky parting. I(…)

  • Chin-chin, Darlings! Here’s To The Success Of Concoction Club!

    I have written before about Concoction: the cocktail-concept shampoo that allows YOU to choose the scent-and-serums combination that will make your locks the toast of the town.  I have a Citrus & Black Pepper + 2 shots of Pump Up The Volume on the go at the moment, but I’m already planning my next purchase (Bakhour(…)

  • Goodbye To The Garden Pharmacy Of Earthly Delights: HELLO! To The Garden Online

    The Garden Pharmacy in Long Acre closed its doors for the last time on March 21st this year, which means that London has lost an incredible independent shop. The Garden Pharmacy had been operating from the same site in Covent Garden for 29 years: it’s a fixture of London life, and the news of its(…)

  • Have You Heard About Handpicked Scarves? The Designer Auction For Save The Children

    m4s0n501 The Handpicked Scarves campaign for Save The Children launched on Thursday: UK designers and artists have produced a collection of exclusive, hand-painted silk scarves,  that are now up for auction on Ebay. You have until Sunday 23rd February to place your bids – and to make up your mind which scarf you’re after: all are beautiful, and(…)

  • Barefoot In The Dark: a New Year’s Eve Home Pedicure with Margaret Dabbs and MICRO Pedi

    Regular readers will know that I’m not a big fan of Going Out, and I particularly hate leaving the house on New Year’s Eve. This year, my friend T invited me to a party that does sound truly marvellous, and I was tempted – for the first time in 26 years – to actually leave(…)

  • Christmas Give and Take – Child-appropriate Beauty Gifts

    I have two guiding principles when buying gifts: (1) never buy anything that you wouldn’t like to receive yourself and (2) If you live with your recipient, the gift should be something that can be shared, borrowed or stolen. I see no need to relax these principles when buying for children, so here is my(…)

  • Bloom Perfumery Spitalfields

    Have you left your Christmas shopping a little late this year? Be not afraid, I bring you good news: Bloom Perfumery in Spitalfields stocks an amazing range of astonishingly lovely scent that will delight any adult on your list. The Belle of Brockley discovered Bloom earlier this year, and it is now one of my very(…)

Bronze Buffer (Before & After) – The Self-Tan Remover You Should NEVER Be Without

Bronze Buffer (Before & After) – The Self-Tan Remover You Should NEVER Be Without

The Bronze Buffer is a magic sponge that puts an end to tragic tanning mistakes. These soft, squeezable little stars can gently blend away and erase every tide-mark, blotch, stain and streak that stands between you and your perfect fake tan. Do you think it sounds too good to be true? That’s what I thought until Anna-Marie Solowij(…)

Carlos Huber of Arquiste, interviewed at Bloom Perfumery

Carlos Huber of Arquiste, interviewed at Bloom Perfumery

CARLOS HUBER is the Creative Director of Arquiste: a house that creates fragrances inspired by specific moments in history. Carlos Huber visited Bloom Perfumery this spring, to introduce the new Arquiste scent: L’Etrog Acqua.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to meet with him for a one-to-one exploration of the Arquiste line. iBeheld: Your background(…)

New Year, New Riah: featuring Balmain Cosmetique and Paul Yacomine

New Year, New Riah: featuring Balmain Cosmetique and Paul Yacomine

Or more accurately, Last Year, Old Riah … I’ve been terrible at keeping the world updated with my hair woes and triumphs. A new reader might not even know that I have extremely fine hair, and that in the last couple of years it has been thinning around the crown and naturally wonky parting. I(…)

Chin-chin, Darlings! Here’s To The Success Of Concoction Club!

Chin-chin, Darlings! Here’s To The Success Of Concoction Club!

I have written before about Concoction: the cocktail-concept shampoo that allows YOU to choose the scent-and-serums combination that will make your locks the toast of the town.  I have a Citrus & Black Pepper + 2 shots of Pump Up The Volume on the go at the moment, but I’m already planning my next purchase (Bakhour(…)

Goodbye To The Garden Pharmacy Of Earthly Delights: HELLO! To The Garden Online

Goodbye To The Garden Pharmacy Of Earthly Delights: HELLO! To The Garden Online

The Garden Pharmacy in Long Acre closed its doors for the last time on March 21st this year, which means that London has lost an incredible independent shop. The Garden Pharmacy had been operating from the same site in Covent Garden for 29 years: it’s a fixture of London life, and the news of its(…)

Have You Heard About Handpicked Scarves? The Designer Auction For Save The Children

Have You Heard About Handpicked Scarves? The Designer Auction For Save The Children

m4s0n501 The Handpicked Scarves campaign for Save The Children launched on Thursday: UK designers and artists have produced a collection of exclusive, hand-painted silk scarves,  that are now up for auction on Ebay. You have until Sunday 23rd February to place your bids – and to make up your mind which scarf you’re after: all are beautiful, and(…)

Barefoot In The Dark: a New Year’s Eve Home Pedicure with Margaret Dabbs and MICRO Pedi

Barefoot In The Dark: a New Year’s Eve Home Pedicure with Margaret Dabbs and MICRO Pedi

Regular readers will know that I’m not a big fan of Going Out, and I particularly hate leaving the house on New Year’s Eve. This year, my friend T invited me to a party that does sound truly marvellous, and I was tempted – for the first time in 26 years – to actually leave(…)

Christmas Give and Take – Child-appropriate Beauty Gifts

Christmas Give and Take – Child-appropriate Beauty Gifts

I have two guiding principles when buying gifts: (1) never buy anything that you wouldn’t like to receive yourself and (2) If you live with your recipient, the gift should be something that can be shared, borrowed or stolen. I see no need to relax these principles when buying for children, so here is my(…)

Bloom Perfumery Spitalfields

Bloom Perfumery Spitalfields

Have you left your Christmas shopping a little late this year? Be not afraid, I bring you good news: Bloom Perfumery in Spitalfields stocks an amazing range of astonishingly lovely scent that will delight any adult on your list. The Belle of Brockley discovered Bloom earlier this year, and it is now one of my very(…)