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.
  • 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!

  • 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(…)

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!

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(…)