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.
  • 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

    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 very(…)

  • 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(…)

  • Tell Me About Your Bad Self – Ellen Van Schuylenburch

    Ellen Van Schuylenburch lives in London and works on Special Projects and Artistic Documentation for the Michael Clark Dance Company, of which she is a founding member. Ellen also teaches at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. We met at the Michael Clark Company office at the Barbican, where I photographed Ellen’s must-have products,(…)

  • Queen Cosmetics: They Reign Supreme!

    Although they were established 85 years ago, I only became aware of Queen Cosmetics  last autumn, when I found their Theatrical Cleansing Cream on the shelves at John Bell & Croyden. It’s quite difficult these days to discover something captivating and surprising quite by chance. Beauty brands spend a fortune on advertising and marketing, soliciting(…)

  • MY-Make Up Masterclasses with Lee Pycroft and Sarah Reygate

    This week I was invited to find out more about MY-Make Up, the masterclasses in make up offered by renowned make-up artists Lee Pycroft and Sarah Reygate. I first saw Lee Pycroft and Sarah Reygate in action at a BeautyMART Meet The Experts’ Evening, held this summer at BeautyMART Boxpark. I loved what I saw:(…)

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

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 very(…)

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(…)

Tell Me About Your Bad Self – Ellen Van Schuylenburch

Tell Me About Your Bad Self – Ellen Van Schuylenburch

Ellen Van Schuylenburch lives in London and works on Special Projects and Artistic Documentation for the Michael Clark Dance Company, of which she is a founding member. Ellen also teaches at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. We met at the Michael Clark Company office at the Barbican, where I photographed Ellen’s must-have products,(…)

Queen Cosmetics: They Reign Supreme!

Queen Cosmetics: They Reign Supreme!

Although they were established 85 years ago, I only became aware of Queen Cosmetics  last autumn, when I found their Theatrical Cleansing Cream on the shelves at John Bell & Croyden. It’s quite difficult these days to discover something captivating and surprising quite by chance. Beauty brands spend a fortune on advertising and marketing, soliciting(…)

MY-Make Up Masterclasses with Lee Pycroft and Sarah Reygate

MY-Make Up Masterclasses with Lee Pycroft and Sarah Reygate

This week I was invited to find out more about MY-Make Up, the masterclasses in make up offered by renowned make-up artists Lee Pycroft and Sarah Reygate. I first saw Lee Pycroft and Sarah Reygate in action at a BeautyMART Meet The Experts’ Evening, held this summer at BeautyMART Boxpark. I loved what I saw:(…)