London writer searching out and celebrating products, people and experiences that add beauty to the world.
  • J’aime Bien Le Shopping! French Beauty Haul

    It might have been a short holiday; it might have been a family holiday; but we were in La Belle France, so obviously, there was going to be le shopping! Allow me to present: the French Beauty Haul … Never get a migraine in Disneyland Paris: you can’t find painkillers for love nor money! The upside(…)

  • Mary Greenwell and Get The Gloss at the Chanel Beauty Boutique

    On Thursday evening, the online beauty and health magazine Get The Gloss hosted a reader event at the Chanel Beauty Boutique in Covent Garden. Two hours watching make-up artist of international renown Mary Greenwell demonstrate iconic Chanel products? For a mere £25, redeemable against purchases? I wasted no time in booking my place … It is wonderful to(…)

  • Short Trip Essentials – beauty round-up

    I’m off on a little family holiday, and with the cab booked to arrive in about six hours, it’s time to pack! Since I’m going to Paris: home to my great loves Sephora, Galleries Lafayette and any old pharmacy, I want to pack light. The products in the picture to the left are my short trip essentials.(…)

  • 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(…)

J’aime Bien Le Shopping! French Beauty Haul

J’aime Bien Le Shopping! French Beauty Haul

It might have been a short holiday; it might have been a family holiday; but we were in La Belle France, so obviously, there was going to be le shopping! Allow me to present: the French Beauty Haul … Never get a migraine in Disneyland Paris: you can’t find painkillers for love nor money! The upside(…)

Mary Greenwell and Get The Gloss at the Chanel Beauty Boutique

Mary Greenwell and Get The Gloss at the Chanel Beauty Boutique

On Thursday evening, the online beauty and health magazine Get The Gloss hosted a reader event at the Chanel Beauty Boutique in Covent Garden. Two hours watching make-up artist of international renown Mary Greenwell demonstrate iconic Chanel products? For a mere £25, redeemable against purchases? I wasted no time in booking my place … It is wonderful to(…)

Short Trip Essentials – beauty round-up

Short Trip Essentials – beauty round-up

I’m off on a little family holiday, and with the cab booked to arrive in about six hours, it’s time to pack! Since I’m going to Paris: home to my great loves Sephora, Galleries Lafayette and any old pharmacy, I want to pack light. The products in the picture to the left are my short trip essentials.(…)

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(…)