Easy Summertime Makeup

A perennial problem: what to wear on a casual summer work day?

A perennial problem: what to wear on a casual summer work day?

Being a freelancer I spend most of my work days in the local coffee shop, or the park, with my laptop. Although these seem at first glance to be super-casual venues there is much social nuance that lurks beneath the devil-may-care veneer of café life. Many friends, work colleagues and even potential clients live in the area. As I sit at my table, my hair screwed into a straggly bun with a chopstick stuck through it, two pairs of spectacles pushed up on my head and a spot on my chin, they are liable to pop their head in the window shouting a cheery ‘good morning’ in such a manner as to cause the forkful of scrambled egg that was poised before my open mouth to slide gently down my t-shirt.

It would not do to admit defeat and be seen tapping away on my keyboard in a suit, high heels and full slap. In any case, as the thermometer hovers near 30˚ the thought of caking my face in heavy makeup, or indeed any makeup at all, seems irksome. Summer is the time to keep things simple.

Hence I am constantly re-evaluating the bare minimum that I can get away with in make-up terms whilst still appearing effortlessly groomed. This is my current routine:  Continue reading

A Bewitching Night Cream

Twelve Beauty Complete Regeneration Night CreamTwelve Beauty Complete Regeneration Night Cream (50ml – £48)

Is a night cream really necessary or is it just a thicker version of a day cream? In the name of research I decided to try out Twelve Beauty Complete Regeneration Night Cream.

First impressions – the unction is presented in luxe-clinical style in a heavy glass jar with minimalist white and silver packaging. I like it. It is not heavily scented but gives off a subtly fresh aroma that reminds me of Continue reading

A One Stop Beauty Pot

Herbfarmacy-skin-rescue-balm-grainyHerbfarmacy Skin Rescue Balm (30g – £11.75 or 15g – as part of ‘Totally Balmy’ 3 x 15g balm kit £18.50)

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.

Imagine my joy at discovering a mini size pot of Herbfarmacy’s Skin Rescue Balm. This rich, thick unction works as a Continue reading

The December Deluge, Part 1: Luxury Natural Beauty Gifts

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.

organic glam oud perfume

Organic Glam Oud Fragrance

Organic Glam Oud Fragrance (100ml – £119.95)

Redolent of Arabian nights, this complex, exotic scent is deeply sexy and Continue reading

The Amazing 3 Minute Makeup

3 minute makeup

The o-l-d-e-r I get the more I cannot be bothered to mess about with makeup. The sad irony though is that the older I get, the more I need to subtly disguise under-eye bags, cheek blotches, forehead furrows and the rest of their gruesome gang.

So I have developed a nifty morning routine that allows me to lounge in bed with my cup of tea catching up with all the latest gossip about world disasters, war and political idiocracy on Radio 4’s Today until 08:47, and still be clocking on at work by 09:00. Continue reading

Always Look on the Bright Side: Oskia Get Up & Glow Reviewed

Oskia Get Up & Glow (30ml – £64.50)

Do you arise from your slumbers each dawning day bright-eyed and dewy-faced with a soft pink blush infusing your unblemished cheek? Me neither.

So, here comes one smart beauty trick. Continue reading