Just to clarify some key points that I think sometimes get lost on the blog:
- I am not a dermatologist - I am happy to recommend one - always.
- I am a qualified facialist with advanced training pretty much across the board. My advice is built on experience, training, knowledge, trial and error and client interaction and feedback. I don't know where it started that I'm unqualified - it's simply not true. I am. I trained at Steiner in Wardour Street (now moved to North London) with the terrifyingly thorough Josephine Wackett as Principal. If you think I have an eyebrow - you should experience hers as she sees you arriving late for class in the wrong shoes. Clearly that never happened to me. I was anally on time and organised - if only to avoid the 'brow'.
I'd like to take the opportunity to apologise as a grown-up for calling Mrs Wackett 'Wacky Wackett'. It was said with affection. We all did it. It wasn't just me.
*looks down, kicks the floor, backs out of the room slowly*
If I see Mrs Wackett at a Spa Conference she will literally kick my arse.
I've had a lot of requests about the subject so am planning a post about facial training and how to get ahead in the beauty industry.
- I will always, always mention if I am working with a brand that I am writing about - so there is no need to ask me in the comments - rest assured I will always disclose. And no, I don't work for Clinique. :) I sincerely doubt they would have me.
- I have never been paid to post a review. I've never done sponsored posts either but I'm talking about the insinuation that I get a backhander from the industry - I don't. Ever.
- I DO buy product. I don't only post about freebies.
- Brands: If a reader has asked me about your product and you respond - the odds are I won't publish it. They're asking me for an unbiased opinion - they'll hardly get that from you - however lovely you may be.
- I very rarely recommend something I haven't tried. If I trust the brand and the inci looks good then I probably would - but I always say 'I haven't tried it'.
- Cleansing is by far the most important part of your skincare routine. But: you don't have to have 3 cleansers on rotation. It's just nice if you have two - one for MU/SPF removal and one for a 2nd cleanse. Therapists have been doing this in treatments since the land of donkeys and carts. Your face will not fall off if you use the same cleanser for both.
- If something is working for you - please don't change it just because it didn't work for me or I don't particularly recommend it. All skin is different. Except for peach kernels. Stop that nonsense immediately. Regardless.
- I didn't get on with the Clarisonic. This does not mean that I harm small animals. Thousands of you do. Excellent. Carry on. With the Clarisonic I mean, not harming small animals.
- I've never said I don't like Jurlique. Randomness? The odd product in the line maybe - but I like the range as a whole.
- I go back and adjust archived blog posts or update them where necessary and link to an updated review - Estee Lauder ANR for example. I've adjusted the Paula's Choice blog post and see no reason to add anything. It's self-explanatory. There is a postscript AND a second update at the head of the original post. I dig that Paula has such loyal fans - I do. Which leads me to....
- Mineral oil. Ah mineral oil. If you are using a product with MO in it - and you love it - please don't stop on my account. It won't kill you. There are better ingredients to use as a base for products - in my opinion - that is and has always been my point - but it won't kill you!
BUT IT DOES BLOODY CLOG YOUR PORES. End. Of.