London writer searching out and celebrating products, people and experiences that add beauty to the world.
  • Rodial instaglam Review

    Rodial instaglam is the range of face make-up offered by a brand famous for its (sometimes outrageously named) luxury skincare. Rodial offer the thrill of feeding our faces with Snake Venom and Dragon’s Blood – making skincare feel exciting and something that a Bad Girl can go in for. This particular Bad Girl likes  junk food, late nights(…)

  • Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré – the Ultimate Moisturiser

    Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, the most well-known of the products in the Embryolisse Laboratoires range, was created in 1950 by a dermatologist working in a Paris hospital. This suits-all-skins moisturiser is celebrating its 65th birthday, and has re-packaged for the occasion in deep, shiny gold. Although Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré has been around for generations, my first encounter with(…)

  • Sephora Pore Clarifying Mask Review

    The Sephora Pore clarifying mask is an impulse purchase driven by the name – the French name that is. Masque à gommer désincrustant sounds like it means business, non? I have combination skin, with a tendency to congestion around the chin and flaky dry bits around my eyebrows. Could the Sephora Pore clarifying mask offer a cheaper(…)

  • 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 instaglam Review

Rodial instaglam Review

Rodial instaglam is the range of face make-up offered by a brand famous for its (sometimes outrageously named) luxury skincare. Rodial offer the thrill of feeding our faces with Snake Venom and Dragon’s Blood – making skincare feel exciting and something that a Bad Girl can go in for. This particular Bad Girl likes  junk food, late nights(…)

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré – the Ultimate Moisturiser

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré – the Ultimate Moisturiser

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, the most well-known of the products in the Embryolisse Laboratoires range, was created in 1950 by a dermatologist working in a Paris hospital. This suits-all-skins moisturiser is celebrating its 65th birthday, and has re-packaged for the occasion in deep, shiny gold. Although Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré has been around for generations, my first encounter with(…)

Sephora Pore Clarifying Mask Review

Sephora Pore Clarifying Mask Review

The Sephora Pore clarifying mask is an impulse purchase driven by the name – the French name that is. Masque à gommer désincrustant sounds like it means business, non? I have combination skin, with a tendency to congestion around the chin and flaky dry bits around my eyebrows. Could the Sephora Pore clarifying mask offer a cheaper(…)

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(…)