In Conversation: Rose-Marie Swift

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

A Balm For All Reasons – Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm

Neals Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm - a versatile balm with nothing toxicIt 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 DIY Yves Klein installation. 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

The Good Stuff – Jojoba Oil

Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis / Buxus chinensis)

The Jojoba is an evergreen bush that is indigenous to the deserts of Mexico and the Southwest USA. These days Argentina produces almost half of the world’s Jojoba and its cultivation is very beneficial for the desert environment.

The oil that is extracted from the Jojoba nut is truly a wonder. The first thing that you need to know about it is this: Continue reading

Clash of the Cleansers

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?

It makes me think though, what do I really require from a cleanser? Continue reading