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.
I am the mascara makers’ nightmare customer. Not only do most mascaras make my eye itchy, I suffer from oculos pandacarius as well (panda eyes – a hideous affliction where the shape of one’s face causes one’s mascara to smudge itself into black rings below the lashes). So I’m always on the lookout for a better eyelash paint.
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 →
If you’ve been anywhere near a department store in the last couple of weeks you will not have failed to notice that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Now I don’t wish to sound churlish but, having been through it myself, I am personally looking forward to a month when I am NOT aware of breast cancer. That said there is no doubt that this annual event has done masses to raise consciousness of breast cancer in the public mind, in terms both of understanding and acceptability.
When I was a young(er!) woman, breast cancer was an affliction with a great deal of shame attached to it. Continue reading →
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.
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 →
Margo Marrone began her career as a pharmacist. In the course of her research she was shocked to find how many toxic ingredients lurk in the cosmetics that we use every day. Margo founded The Organic Pharmacy with her husband Franco in 2002. The Organic Pharmacy and their make-up range Organic Glam have become trailblazers in covetable, natural skincare. Jessica Jones chats to her about cosmetics and carcinogens. Continue reading →