Whilst lurking around in the Liberty cafe, earwigging at women chatting over green tea and gluten-free toast, or nonchalantly strolling up and down the cosmetics hall at Selfridges, I hear a moan escape from many a glossed lip: “I really want to buy non toxic beauty products but it does my head in trying to remember what to avoid.” Continue reading
I’ve noticed something about meditation: whenever I manage to do it consistently for a few days I feel utterly transformed. My mind is free; creativity begins to flow; fear and anxiety are diminished; I feel sexy; my body and face relax so I look younger. It’s some kind of a miracle, isn’t it?
Here is another thing I’ve noticed about meditation: Continue reading
xerosis – n. 1 Abnormal dryness, especially of the skin, eyes, or mucous membranes. 2 The normal hardening of aging tissue. The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary
Cambridge based biomedical gerontologist Aubrey de Grey believes that it is probable that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born.
Which raises two burning questions: Continue reading
Our ongoing guide to the top toxic ingredients in cosmetics.
SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
What are they?
SLS and SLES are foaming agents commonly found in shampoo, shower gel, soap, bubble bath, toothpaste and other foaming products.
What’s the problem? Continue reading
exfoliate – v. 1 shed or be shed from a surface in scales or layers. 2 wash or rub (the skin) with a granular substance to remove dead cells. Oxford English Dictionary
There’s beauty – and then there’s downright beautiful.
Have a look at this: A Sundial in Moonlight by Sophie Molins.
Product Replacement Therapy begins…
Way back when I made my first forays into the world of Good Glamour I can tell you, I was skeptical. My experience of natural beauty products was confined to the stuff I’d sampled in the health food shops of my youth. You know, a bit greasy, lumpy, packaged in brown bottles with hand-printed labels and all smelling of patchouli or ylang-ylang. Those po’ girl potions never graced the pages of Vogue nor sparkled alluringly from the pristine shelves of ritzy department stores. ‘All very worthy’, I thought, ‘but I bet they don’t really work’.
Cult cosmetics are cult for a reason. We’ve tried them. We trust them. They make us feel divine… we can’t live without them!
Yet, now that that we know what’s really in our favourite products, the question must be asked: can we live with them? This month marks the launch of the Good Glamour Challenge. Here’s how it works: Continue reading
She’s a leading make-up artist, whose magic illuminates the beautiful faces that grace fashion’s catwalks and glossy magazine covers alike. In 2008 Rose-Marie Swift founded the now cult make-up brand rms beauty. With her elegant appearance, her simply bobbed coif and her less-is-more approach to colour and cosmetics, Rose-Marie Swift is truly the Jean Muir of make-up.
You seem to be passionate about your work, what is your background? Continue reading
Not a problem. There is a simple and inexpensive way to transform dry hair from thatched-roof to red-carpet condition, overnight. Women all over the South Pacific have been doing this for millennia and, think about it, have you ever seen one of them with a barnet that did not resemble a waterfall of black silk? Continue reading