Thursday, 27 June 2013

Paula Begoun, the rumour mill and make your mind up.

POSTSCRIPT:
I've had a lot of questions on social media about lots of other brands and Paula's own line. To reiterate: this is absolutely not personal - she goes up against big brands and says 'Really? THAT much?' and I completely respect that. I just personally think it is spectacularly important when you have your own brand that the message is clear and consistent.
Everything is based on someone's opinion. Everything. And everyone is of course entitled to one.
It is perfectly acceptable to respect someone's opinion whilst disagreeing with it. That's all.

Second update:
The team at Paula's Choice have updated both reviews to show far more information and give more clarity.


Original post:

I had a comment (somewhere!!) that said something along the lines of 'I know you've said you don't like Paula Begoun'...

I've never said I don't like Paula Begoun! She has absolutely made a difference to how women view beauty products and counter staff - especially in the US.. I have great respect for her sticking her neck out and taking on the brands and their claims. 

All I've said is that I don't understand how someone who has previously written a scathing review like this about Eve Lom cleanser (worse than ME - really):


and this about Eve Lom TLC cream - both reviews refer to mineral oil in a (very) negative light:


Can then bring out a product that contains mineral oil:


And say this about mineral oil:


If it 'cannot become solid and clog pores' why say it does exactly that in the Eve Lom cleanser?

So what is it? Does it clog pores or doesn't it? Does it only clog pores in products that aren't Paula's Choice? It seems illogical to slag off one brand for using mineral oil and then use it in your own brand. 

On the plus side they at least print all their ingredients. (I will not stop going on about this.)
On the negative side the message is confusing to the average consumer.

That's all. 

No that's not all.

I still don't like mineral oil. Sorry P.





Tuesday, 25 June 2013

YES or NO Clinic - CLOSED!!!

UPDATE: 27.06.13

You have to click 'Load More' at the bottom of the comments at least 5 times to see all the answers to the questions.

Otherwise it looks as if I am ignoring everyone. I'm not. Promise.


Try it! It's like magic!


(I'm closing comments again until I can answer everyone - sorry)



*braces self*

I fell really bad about not getting back to people who have left comments/questions all over the blog - I mean ALL OVER. I can't keep up. 

SO:

I'm opening up this thread as a one-stop shop for all your YES or NO questions that haven't been answered recently. Please note: I am going to get back to you as and when I can - it may not be today - but it will be by Friday afternoon. I'll leave it open as long as I can - if I DON'T get to you - I'll do it again next week. Don't panic. I estimate I'll have to close comments at some point. Please don't hate me. I'm trying!

OK - YES or NO: GO. *pleads* please keep it short!! :)

CLINIC IS CLOSED! Oh my god is it closed!! LOL

Thank you's - Charlotte Tilbury, Fortnum's, IMATS and Pizza Express. ;)

The last couple of months have been a bit of a blur. I like to think I had a successful blog B.P. (before Pixiwoo) - but being endorsed by Sam and Nic is a little like being signed by Jose Mourinho when you play for Huddersfield Town.

Since the Selfridges PA I've done a day of one-to-one's in the glorious Fortnum's Beauty Rooms, hung out at Charlotte Tilbury's House of Rock'n'Kohl at Selfridges and was on a panel at last weekends IMATS discussing the power of social media. If the story of this blog is anything to go by - it's pretty bloody powerful. Thank you to everyone who came to meet me/see me/have their pic taken/see us at IMATS/let me pick their face. It's been a blast!


Moi and the lovely Fleur.



Charlotte Tilbury and I after a hard day's graft. 



Photo - Caroline Hirons


Photo courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury.
Photo - @katesnooks !

Photo - Lotionspotionsme :)


The amamzing IMATS crowd. *waves* says the 'D' word.

A much needed carb fest in an IMATS-packed Pizza Express. Spot the amazing blogger. Yes, all of them.
Kate Snooks, Anna from Vivianna does Makeup, Ruthie - Model; Recommends, Lily Pebbles, Siobhan - A Girl and a Beauty Blog, Louise - Sprinkle of Glitter  and Amelia - Amelia Liana



If I have used your picture please do leave me a comment and I'll credit you! Sorry - had quite a few and not all of them had a source. And equally - if I met you recently and your pic isn't here - send it to me and I'll add you!

I'm off to buy a new top. (!!) I LOVE MY JOB!

Friday, 21 June 2013

David Kirsch - Top tips and Giveaway


David Kirsch is one of my long-standing clients and the man whose face I see in my head when I'm deciding between the cheeseburger and the salad on the menu. Yes, I still pick the burger sometimes - but not as often - I swear.

I picked his amazing, inspiring brain for his Top Tips for health. 

This is the man that the likes of Heidi Klum, Liv Tyler and Anne Hathaway call when they want to work out. He's clearly doing something right! Over to the Man of Steel:

What are the 3 worst things you can do for/to your body?

1. Smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking kills one in five people in the United States each year, yet it's the most preventable cause of death. I believe this is the hands-down worst, yet most avoidable, thing you can do to your body. (I love him for this alone - CH)
2. Skip exercise. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of aerobic exercise five days a week. This doesn't mean you have to hit the gym for an intense training session, even a brisk afternoon walk has a positive impact on your physical and mental health. It's not just about exercising to look good; this is exercising to keep your body healthy and your heart strong.
3. Not eating healthily. Obesity is a global epidemic. To stay fit and healthy, avoid what I call the “bad three”: sugar, saturated fat, and fast food.

What are the 3 best things you can do for optimal health?

1. Exercise daily. Just like the worst thing you can do is skip exercise, the best thing you can do is make time for it daily. Try waking up and exercising first thing in the morning, before the weight of the day becomes too much and you feel like skipping the gym or your evening jog. Exercise with a friend if you fear you won’t have time to work out and have an active social life – it’s much more productive than going out for a beer and you’ll enjoy it just as much.
2. Eat healthily. It’s important to eat balanced, healthful meals from the five food groups – protein, fruits, veggies, grains and legumes and dairy. If weight loss is your issue, then I tell my clients to follow my A,B,C’s – no Alcohol, Bread or processed Carbs. I also tell them to keep it lean, clean and green. No artificial ingredients, lots of leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale, and lean protein like fish or chicken. And, remember to drink lots of water.
3. Be happy. The happiest people are the healthiest people. Do what makes you happy, whether it’s running, riding a bike, knitting, you name it. The thing that makes me the happiest is spending time with my daughters, and I can always make time for that.

What are the 3 best exercises for those of us with busy lifestyles?

The best exercises you can do are planks and push-ups, squats, and walking. These 4 (I couldn't pick just 3!) will work your whole body, can be done “anywhere, anytime” and can be done by all fitness levels.

What are your Top 3 products (from DK range) for Women – in particular those of us that are apparently the ‘most stretched generation’ – concern for/looking after our older parents – and looking after small children (ME)?

1. My Vitamin Mineral Powder. Think of those daily multi-vitamins you used to take – my Vitamin Mineral Super Juice is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, plus, it contains superior natural source antioxidants like spirulina, acerola berry, coral calcium and CoEnzyme Q10. 
David’s Super Juice is your daily multivitamin plus!
2. My AM Daily Detox. There's no healthier way to start your day then to “cleanse” your body from free radicals that can wreak havoc on your skin and organs, and to protect your cells from further damage.
This formula uses the health benefits of red wine grapes, 10 different berries, Lycopene, Resveratrol and Pycnogenol®, and is an immensely rich source of antioxidants that works to remove toxins, disarm free radicals and combat oxidative damage to the cells and skin.
3. My Super Charged Greens Blend. An incredibly nutrient-rich source of fiber, probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes and antioxidants derived from high alkaline vegetables, fruits, grasses and grains, this is an essential supplement for digestive health and a strong immune system.



My personal favourite product is David's B12 spray. I have one on my desk, one at my bedside and one in my bag. You could say I'm obsessed. It's the perfect pick-me-up when you need energy - fast. 


I've stolen been offered five to giveaway to you, the loveliest of readers. Just 'like' David's Facebook page and leave me a comment below with your contact details/twitter handle. That's it. 

  • Giveaway open until Sunday 30th June.
  • UK/Ireland only.
  • 5 winners will be picked at random by David's team.
  • DK is one of my clients -as I've said - but I am not receiving payment for this giveaway - my idea. I do like a freebie for my readers. :)

David Kirsch Wellness is available from: Space NK, Mankind and Bliss.





EX1 colour matching and Giveaway Winners


This is long overdue - my apologies - life caught up with me the last few weeks.

Before I announce the 3 winners of the EX1 giveaway a quick update. I've had a number of queries about colour matching since my post.

For a quick guideline - the following MAC colours correspond to EX1 in this way:

F100 - NC25
F200 - NC30
F300 - NC 37-40
F400 - NC 42
F500 - NC 44/45

It is also worth noting that EX1 is designed specifically for yellow/golden undertones.
It's not for white girls with a tan! * I've been inundated by white girls with tans saying 'I use this it's bloody brilliant' so I'll hush my mouth. Tan away, use EX1. :)

EX1 is available from Look Fantastic, HQ Hair and Beauty Expert and is about to launch in
Guru Makeup Emporium.
It will be on show at IMATS today, tomorrow and Sunday.

Giveaway winners are:

@nityatwitya
Jyothy Joseph
@bombay_rose

Congratulations! you have 48 hours to contact me before I pick an alternative winner. Thank you to everyone that entered!




Chris James Giveaway Winner


The winner of the Chris James Giveaway is @misstinksbeauty - Congratulations. Contact me via the blog or twiiter with your posting address asap! :)

SAM FARMER. And why you should buy it.



Here's the deal. A couple of weeks ago I received a phone call from my girlfriend Holly (a younger, prettier version of me but just as easily riled when faced with sexism/misogyny/pretty much any discrimination).

It went along the lines: 

'Babe. I've just met this incredible dad called Sam and you HAVE to help him.'
'K. Elaborate maybe?'
'He's this REALLY lovely man who went into XXX to buy his daughter deodorant and was so pissed off by the sexist set-up being rammed down his throat that he's started his own non-gender-specific-unisex line for young people.'
'I'm in. Send me his details.'
'He's REALLY lovely.'
'I said I'M IN.'

The best conversations always go like that don't they?! So I met Sam Farmer last week. And he IS really lovely.

Unlike Ted Baker - Sam Farmer is a real-life person - who, it transpires, cared passionately enough about gender equality that he did indeed make his own brand. I've felt similarly enraged whilst out and about shopping for products for my 11 year old daughter. Everything is pink, princess-y, glittery, full of love hearts and frankly smells of flowery sick. Shopping for my boys (men), everything is steel grey, black, uses words like 'Adonis' and is strong enough to knock out a horse.


Don't take my word for it. Look in the deodorant aisle next time you're in a supermarket or chemist.

'I'm not sure my children took me seriously after I stormed out of the shop, dumbfounded by the sexist stereotyping marketing we were confronted with, shouting 'that's all bullshit, you're both equal!' and assuring them things were about to change as they ran for cover'.

The Sam Farmer line (so called because Sam was sick of not knowing the names behind the brands) is now here. And it's bloody good.

Simple, to the point and does the job. The first lot of samples Sam sent me were stolen taken by my kids before I'd even unpacked my bag. They smell fresh and clean and although they have been made with young people in mind, I've been using the body wash and the deodorant myself. Lush.

No ridiculous claims, simple instructions and good formulations.

If you want your teens/young people to equate toiletries with having a clean body - not enticing the opposite sex for a shag at the age of 11, please try Sam Farmer.

British-made, not a huge conglomerate, not available everywhere (yet), Sam Farmer deserves our support.

Prices start at £3.99 and go up to £6.00. Suitable for all skin types, including big people.

And my retailer friends that read my blog. You should stock this. I'll be coming after you too.

Because its one thing to call your daughter 'Princess', it's quite another to assume that's her life's ambition.

More information can be found here: www.samfarmer.co 



Disclosure: I have no affiliation with Sam Farmer. He's just a good man doing a great job of being an excellent father. 




Happy '1st Official Date' Birthday Mr Hirons


24 years ago I had a bad perm and a shy attitude. Safe to say both those things are gone. 
Mr Hirons however, is still here, putting up with me and my not-so-shy attitude. 

This lot have joined us since then:

An oldie but still one of my faves. God I've got spectacular children.


All of you are my reason for breathing every day.

Happy Anniversary Jim. 

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Charlotte Tilbury's Makeup House of Rock 'N' Kohl - and moi.


I'm sure you've seen in the press and on blogs that Charlotte Tilbury has set up shop in Selfridges this week until Sunday with makeovers, great beauty treats and evening panel discussions. I popped in today and it was packed. PACKED. 

I'm joining Charlotte and her team on Thursday afternoon for a meet-up/catch-up/hang out - whatever you like to call it. 

I'll be in store from around 2.30pm onwards. If you didn't get a chance to come to the recent Selfridges event or couldn't get tickets for the one-to-one's - now's your chance. 

 
Bring your skincare, bring your face, we'll get cracking. (you don't actually have to bring your skincare, but it's probably best you bring your face eh?)

Would love to see you.

Charlotte Tilbury's House of Rock 'N' Kohl is open until Sunday 23rd June. 

More information is can be found on www.CharlotteTilbury.com

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Beauty Mouth (Lady Hirons) is away.

source

Mr Hirons has a big birthday on Monday. To celebrate we're off to Paris (sans les enfants!!) for a long weekend. To say I'm looking forward to walking around the Louvre PHARMACY SHOPPING is an understatement.
Vous voyez le Mardi!

Monday, 10 June 2013

Follow me on Bloglovin

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick one. I joined Bloglovin a couple of years ago - wandered away - and frankly just realised over the weekend that my blog was swinging loose over there on Bloglovin all on its own.

How rude of me. So this is me claiming my own blog back. As you do. Apparently we're all to be without GFC soon - or so I am told by those in the know. 

So:

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Also - this video is not entirely unlike me - just so you know. Minus the blonde.




Saturday, 8 June 2013

Sneaky peek of upcoming posts.











Selfridges event - just me, lovely readers and thieving swines.



This Thursday I was lucky enough to meet a lot of readers at Selfridges Beauty Workshop. I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you that queued for 3 hours just so I could offer you advice/rant/abuse your choices/pick your blackheads (it was a really good one - what can you do?)

I'm so appreciative to each and every reader of this blog and cannot believe how lucky I am to do what I love - both at work and on this site.

Photo courtesy of @ourlondonstyle 

photo courtesy of @laursbeauty778 and @luciaknowsbeauty 

An extra special thank you to the Ladies who came back in after this happened:


At 8.30pm on the dot 10 men held a smash'n'grab in Selfridges Wonder Room - leading to possibly the worst panic I've seen in my years of retail. 

How very dare they.

When we were allowed back in the building a little while later we carried on as if nothing had happened - albeit a little shaken. Kudos to the Selfridges staff who were impeccable in both their concern for their customers and communication afterwards.

All in all not an entirely dull occasion.



Thank you Selfridges for having me - especially Barbarella Barbie, Stephanie and the shop floor staff on the night.


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Routines - Cheat Sheet

You're welcome. :)

It's easy to see how your skincare routine can be a little overwhelming - we are sold so many products these days - there is something for everyone - but if you have more than 2 serums what do you use first? And what about eye cream? And double cleansing and and and...

Before we go in:
You're going to need to buy some flannels (washcloths)
No mineral oil anywhere in this routine
Nothing foaming
Nothing 'mattifying'
No wipes unless you have no access to water (hospitals, fannies, flights, festivals - you get the idea)
All stages suitable for all skin types unless otherwise stated

So without further ado:

MORNINGS/A.M.

The main point of the morning routine is to prep your skin for the day.
Taking care of your skin in the morning is no different to having a shower before you put clean knickers on. You may think this is obvious but I am contacted regularly by people who say 'Do I really need to cleanse in the mornings?'. 
I don't really have a polite answer to that to be honest. Why WOULDN'T you? Who doesn't wash their face? No I mean really
I don't know about you but I wake up with a lovely glow in the mornings - maybe you do too? 
It's called sweat. Please wash your face. 

Sidebar: I have never put my face under the shower. Never. It's too hot for your face (well my choice of water temperature certainly is). You also have all the surfactants from your shampoo running all over your face. No thank you. Stand with your back to the shower and your chin raised - like the shower has greatly offended you. Cleanse when you get out of the shower, not before.

Clean flannel.
Cleanse - any non-foaming cleanser is fine. Milk, balm (a little), gel - as long as it doesn't turn your face into a foam bath - carry on. Yes, you can use the same cleanser as you do in the nighttime if money is an issue. 
If money is not your main concern have at least 3 cleansers on rotation. At least. For example: a good pre-cleanse oil or eye makeup remover, a milk cleanser and a balm cleanser.

Exfoliating (acid) lotion - brands like Biologique Recherche, Pixi, First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads, Peter Thomas Roth, Zelens, Dr Dennis Gross and REN all make exfoliating/acid products that you use at the traditional 'toner' stage.To call them a 'toner' is to do them a great injustice. These are the 'toners' of the 21st Century.
This has the effect of blowing a trumpet in your ear. Your skin is forced into action.
Lower your skin's PH.
Note: I always take my acidic toners around the eyes - full circle - upper brow to corner brow and under eye to inner eye - and reverse. 
All packaging for anything with any acid in it will have to say legally 'avoid eye area'. Unless you are using a prescription strength derm-prescribed hardcore acid, it's fine. I of course can't be held responsible if you put the acid IN your eye. But the outer area is fine.
Try and alternate a couple of products here if you can. A milder version such as the Zelens, REN or First Aid and a more 'active' one like the other pads, the P50 or the Pixi. Alternate them daily. If you can only afford one I would either buy a mild one and use it twice a day - or a stronger one and use it in the evenings only - But try and get one in each category.

Spray hydrate - I personally love this step. It's the start of the hydrating process and it wakes me up. You can use whatever hydrating flower mist/water that you like. You can also use your traditional 'toner' at this stage - as long as its main function is to hydrate - it would preferably have glycerin or hyaluronic acid in there somewhere but a good quality rosewater etc is fine. I mean good quality - i.e. the inci list is rosewater, not fragrance (parfum) and colouring. Check your ingredients labels. Decant it into a Muji spray bottle and keep it as a spray too.
Try and avoid alcohol at this stage.

Eye cream - don't apply your eye cream last. No matter how careful you apply your serums/moisturisers you will always get some in the eye area and then your eye cream won't absorb where you want it to. Pointless. 
Eye cream first. Everything else afterwards (and on top if you like and it's not a contra-indication).
Applying your eye cream last is like wearing knickers over your trousers.

Serum/Oils - this is what I am asked about the most. I use a mixture of oils and serums and application goes by texture. 
Serums - especially water based ones, are first. Next, a couple of drops of facial oil (if you are using one!), topped off with your moisturiser. In the case of a heavily siliconed serum, I would probably skip the oil and go straight to moisturiser. 
Take a couple of drops of serum on the end of your fingertips, pat them quickly on to the fingertips of the other hand and then apply immediately. Spending 20 seconds 'warming' your serum in your hands by rubbing them together is a complete waste of time, money and product. 
Unless your intention is to have fabulously soft palms.

There will always be exceptions, so if what you are doing works for you - don't change it on my account.
Note to Hydraluron customers - Hydraluron is always last before moisturiser.

Moisturiser - choose your moisturiser by your skin type, not condition. Your moisturiser is your coat/protection.
People tend to spend far too long choosing their moisturiser and far too little taking care of what goes on beforehand. For example, using a quick swipe of a wipe, slapping on a £150 face cream and then wondering why their skin isn't great.
Remember nothing 'mattifying'. Skin is not designed to be 'matte'. As above - your skin has plenty of time to be matte when you're dead. You know - no signs of life? That's matte.
Whatever moisturiser you are using that is right for your skin, whack it on now. And how much? I have a big face (yes thank you) so tend to be heavy handed - aim for around a 10p size - a quarter for US readers. Adjust according to your face obviously.. less is more.

Beauty myth: 'Warm product in hands before use.' Why? No thank you. 
A good formulation will be ready to go - warming a product in your hands will only put most of the product on your hands. Oil doesn't need to be warmed to absorb. If you want to rub it in your hands and inhale it before you apply, your choice. I prefer to put it on my face and smell it while it gets to work on my face - not my hands. It's another 'habit' that brands think they have to put on their packaging. 
If your product is such that it needs to be 'warmed' I probably wouldn't bother. *eyebrow*

SPF - I always recommend a separate SPF for reasons previously mentioned on the blog - I just don't think a moisturiser with added SPF is going to do much benefit-wise to the skin. SPF - both chemical and physical - is a dominating ingredient and if you load a skin cream with it - that's the benefit. I.E. - I would never buy a £200 anti-ageing moisturiser with SPF. You're paying for an expensive SPF. 
You're not getting the best out of your moisturiser. Buy a good moisturiser and a perfectly reasonably priced SPF. Job done. Equally - an anti-ageing moisturiser with SPF15 - to my mind - gives a false sense of security. 
If you apply a moisturiser with SPF15 in the morning and sit out in the sun at lunchtime I guarantee you - you will not be covered enough. If you want to be in the sun, if you have to be in the sun, use SPF. A dedicated SPF.
And no, you cannot use an SPF instead of a moisturiser. That's like going out all day with a raincoat on and only bra and knickers underneath. Unless that is your everyday outfit of choice I suggest you wear actual clothes (moisturiser) underneath your raincoat (SPF).


EVENINGS/P.M.

The main point of your evening routine is to help your skin help itself. Repair and correct. 

Beauty myth: 'Your skin repairs itself at night' is the biggest old wives tale out there about beauty. 
Nonsense. 
And please don't get me started on 'your skin sleeps at night'
No. YOU sleep at night. 
Your skin sleeps when you're dead.
Your skin does not have an on/off switch like your heating. Your skin is repairing itself 24 hours a day - the reason you use treatments etc while you sleep is because you have the full attention of your skin. 
Your face is not being bombarded with sunlight, dirt, aggressors etc so you get the treatments in while they actually have a better chance of them being effective. 
'Your skin repairs itself at night' is like 'closes your pores'. Doesn't happen. 

'Do I need to double cleanse?' is my most asked question about evenings. 
The only time I don't double cleanse is if I have been indoors all day and have applied neither SPF nor makeup. If you wear SPF you need to double cleanse. A lot of people who think they are allergic to SPF because it breaks them out are simply not taking the time to wash it off properly. (Please don't take it personally if you genuinely are allergic to SPF - I'm clearly not talking to you.) 
SPF is designed to stay on your face. Take the time to remove it.
Makeup is designed to stay on your face. Take the time to remove it.
Flannel from the morning is fine.
I usually do 2/3 of the below.
Pre-cleanse oil or eye makeup remover - quick swipe around the eyes either with the oil via fingertips or a dedicated remover on cotton if I'm wearing lash extensions or a lot of mascara.
Oil/balm cleanser - I go straight in with oil to hit the oil and dirt and makeup and general gunk on my face after a day in Central London. Straight on the eyes first, then spreading out across the rest of the face. Off with flannel held under a running tap, no filling the bowl with water (as per previous posts).
Milk/gel cleanser - If I haven't used the pre-cleanse I finish with a quick going over of something lighter - any regular milk/gel cleanser for your skin type is perfect for this. Straight on to the skin, off with a flannel as per usual.
Note to micellar water users: if you prefer to take your makeup off with a micellar water (aka Bioderma etc) before you cleanse, that is your first cleanse. But if you are wearing an SPF or heavy makeup you still need to go a couple of rounds with a flannel. Don't be lazy. Your skin will thank you.

Put your flannel in the wash. 

Acid tone - as above - if you're a Liquid Gold customer this is Liquid Gold time - but LG is NOT a toner. 2/3 times a week - max.

Spray hydrate/tone - this is the one step you don't have to do at night. I do because I love it - and I'm a firm believer of sandwiching moisture in wherever possible. But it's up to you.

Eye cream - as above. If you suffer from puffy eyes use a serum/gel. 

Treatments - my favourite step. This is where you can really go to town. 
This should be your main expense skincare-wise. Again, have at least 3 products you can mix up and use depending on your skin's needs. 
At least.
A good facial oil, a good anti-ageing treatment (like anything Vitamin A/retinol for example), whatever you need for your skin. And before you ask me what you need, really think about it. You know your skin and what it needs. 

Whether or not you use a nighttime moisturiser is dependent on what treatment you use. If your treatment is IN your moisturiser, you're done. If you are using a lovely nighttime oil you may not want/need anything else. 

Personally, I am a fan of the 'piling it on lightly' approach. All this 'cleanse and then just let your skin breath' ridiculousness from brands really winds me up. 
Your skin will breath regardless of whether you put product on it or not - the alternative is suffocation. 

My PM routine is literally: pre-cleanse, cleanse, acid, hydrate spray, eye cream, oil/treatment (serum) and night treatment/oil/cream (not all 3!).

Sometimes less is really not more. Having one cleanser and one moisturiser is like having one pair of shoes. If you can afford more than one pair of shoes you can afford more than one cleanser and more than one moisturiser. 
(If you actually can't afford more than one pair of shoes, do your best - and sorry - don't mean to make you feel bad, been there.)



Note: 
  • This is not intended as a definitive document. I have received a lot of questions about routines recently and this is just my way of trying to answer as many as I can, in one place. Obviously if what you are doing works for you - as per my usual statement - don't change on my account. 
  • Equally, please don't leave me a long love letter to mineral oil - the arguments for and against mineral oil are documented on both sides of the fence. I prefer not to use it. If you like it, good for you. Carry on.
  • Also - it is highly unlikely I will have time to answer long comments left below this post. I am currently receiving, on average, around 500 emails a week asking for help. Not including twitter and Instagram. Please don't think I am complaining - I'm not - I am incredibly grateful to each and every one of you that reads this blog - I just hate for people to think I am being rude. I just literally, physically, don't have time to respond to you all. There is a much better chance of me responding to a yes/no question or a one-word answer question than a 'please help me with everything' question. I really am sorry but I just can't. 


Monday, 3 June 2013

Meet-up in Selfridges Oxford Street - Thursday 6th June 6pm to 9pm


Hi Everyone!

If you're around this Thursday evening in the West End I am popping in to the Beauty Workshop in Selfridges to hang out for a few hours, talk to all and sundry about skincare and the beauty industry and generally cause a big little commotion. 

Do pop in if you get a chance, I would love to put some faces to names. 




*Please note - although I will obviously be answering as many questions as possible on the night - this is a shop floor appearance and won't be the same as my private one-to-one consultations. It'll be good fun though!

Fortnum & Mason - FULLY BOOKED


Thank you to everyone who emailed regarding the appointments at Fortnum & Mason. The day is now fully booked with a substantial waiting list. I will be emailing everyone who wanted an appointment today to apologise.

Stay tuned though! ;)

I look forward to seeing you all on 11th.

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