I recently flew long haul from Sydney to London – via Korea. I stayed overnight in a hotel in Seoul but my bags were checked all the way through to London. So everything that I managed to cram into my tiny carry-on case had to work double time: long t-shirt and leggings work as pyjamas, scarf works as wrap / headrest, inflatable pillow works as footrest, iPad works as book / music / video player, and so on.
Don’t fret, don’t frown. Stress-free Christmas shopping is simply a matter of matching the right person with the right present. The Good Glamouristas have pounded frosty pavements and almost drowned ourselves in potions, oils and creams to come up with the ultimate pick of this year’s gorgeous natural beauty gift sets. All you need to do is read our guide, force down another mince pie, reach out a languid finger and click. Continue reading →
What was I thinking – lounging around in a bath of asses milk, nibbling on pomegranates when I am supposed to be beavering away at my keyboard, bombarding you with gorgeous ideas for Christmas gifts. I’m on it now.
Let’s kick off with luxe presents for people whose good books you are angling to be in throughout the coming year. These are the Rolls-Royce gifts that will never fail to have your loved ones swooning at your velvet slippered feet.
Ophelia by John Everett Millais – Tate Gallery, London
The Good Glamour guide to spas, facials, massage treatments and general fabulousness.
Some days, being a beauty blogger feels like nothing more than sitting around in saggy-bum leggings with a muesli face-pack on, hunched over my laptop, whistling into the geranium-and-rose-petal-scented wind. Other days, my cup overruns with special and gorgeous treats. Like today. I have been invited to sample Oskia’s Renaissance luxury face & body treatment. I purr the words: ‘rrrrenaisssance luuuxury face and body trrrreatment’. It cheers me up no end, I can tell you.
It horrifies me to admit that I remember when Neal’s Yard first produced their line of natural skincare. In the eighties Neal’s Yard Remedies were more than just beauty products, they were lifestyle accessories. I used the striking cobalt blue bottles to adorn my bathroom like some kind of DIYYves Kleininstallation. The use of cobalt glass dates back to Victorian apothecaries – blue bottles contained medicines but also household cleaners and poisons.
They lost their way a bit in the nineties, replacing blue glass bottles with blue plastic and adding more and more product lines with ingredients of variable quality. In recent years though, Neal’s Yard Remedies has rebuilt its reputation as a leading natural, ethical mid-market brand and has gone so far as to produce some thoroughly outstanding products. Which brings me to… Continue reading →
Who doesn’t love Eve Lom cleanser? The rich green oily goop. The heavenly menthol smell. The clinical, white packaging with just that touch of glamorous gold. The cute muslin cloth. The luxury price tag (£55). Vogue went so far as to call it the “best cleanser in the world” Ok well maybe that is pushing it. After all, there can’t actually be a “world’s best cleanser,” can there?
I am writing this in sometimes-sunny Sydney. Obviously I got here on an aeroplane but unless you’ve ever done it yourself you may be unaware of just what a long and arduous flight it is from the UK to Australia… even for brats like me who insist on spending every penny of their hard earned cash on a business class ticket (best deals: Trailfinders). Which was just as well because after Royston drove me to the airport at 99 miles and hour with AC/DC’s Highway To Hell blasting at five thousand decibels I needed a bit of a lie down.
But I’m not one to be idle for long. After reading the in-flight safety card, Continue reading →