about me/legal stuff

3rd generation Beauty Industry insider.

I love the industry I work in. Love it. I love my job.
My obsession for all things skin borders on unhealthy - and I'm fine with that.
I desperately wish people would wash their face properly. Wipes are for bums.
Mother of 4, wife of 1.

Trained in over 100 brands and a globally qualified advanced facialist.
Developed bespoke facials and trained teams internationally for top brands in the UK, USA and Far East.
Now working as a Consultant to brands in the Beauty Industry.
Advises brands on the route into market, where they should be selling and why.
Puts brands into those retailers.
Keeps both parties happy.
To see brands I've worked with click here.

Current clients:
Clients that I currently work with on a regular basis include David Kirsch, Hampton Sun and Pixi, but my work affiliation with them gives them no editorial control over, nor product placement expectations on this site. Ever.
In the case of Pixi, for example, I started helping them with their UK business two years after I posted about Glow Tonic because everyone was asking me where it could be bought...I do not let the brands that I work with on a consulting basis 'buy' space on the blog. There is no 'understanding' that I will put them here, or give them special treatment. I have dropped some really big brands since the blog started because they couldn't compute the difference between my 'day job' and the blog.
Reader trust is more important to me than keeping a brand happy.

I am not currently taking new business clients. I can't be dealing with the egos and wanting to be on the blog every damn day. WHAT? Who said that?

Skin consultations:
I have no dates open for skin consultations at the present time. I keep the blog updated with appearance dates.

I have worked in the industry for over 18 years. This means I am fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to try lots of product. Lots of product. The majority of what I review has been sent as a PR sample or passed on from a brand directly but this never affects my opinion or recommendations.

I am always happy to receive product for review or testing and as grateful as I am for the opportunity, please be aware this does not automatically mean I will post about it.  If you read this site you'll know that it is just as likely that your product - if it works - will turn up as a recommendation to a reader's comment or on Instagram/Tumblr/Pinterest/You Tube.

If you're a PR or a brand and would like to talk to me email me here. (Skin queries will not be answered.)

It's a family affair. Below (on the left) is my lovely mum on her counter in the 60's....

and here is her mother - my beautiful Nana on her counter in the 60's...

Legal stuff:

I do not do affiliate links at the moment. I signed up for them all when the blog started but couldn't work out how to do it so left it. Perhaps foolish. :)
This is absolutely no judgement on those that do, I imagine I will need to do affiliates at some point in the future as the blog becomes more full-time than ever. I will obviously change this clause if that happens.
Any sponsored content will always be clearly labelled according to the ASA guidelines.

Hall of Fame and Product Placement
Whilst I do occasional sponsored placement content, the Hall of Fame is not for sale. It is given to products I love, not brands that have money to spend.

Product Recommendations Disclaimer:
I am always happy to recommend products and this has obviously become a key part of the blog and now YouTube. Any recommendation is based on my experience with something - or the trusted experience of a tester - but everyone's skin is different and something that works for me may not necessarily work for you in the same way.
The same with allergic reactions - it is impossible to anticipate allergies - it is pretty much possible for anyone to be allergic to anything.
If you are new to the site you will soon see that I'm not a fan of mineral oil in facial skincare products. If you use it - and love it - and are happy with your skin, lovely. All I want is for people to have good skin that makes them feel great about themselves and look their best at all times. If your products contain mineral oil and you love using them, carry on. If it ain't broke etc... - but please, don't waste your time leaving anonymous comments ranting about how much you love mineral oil and how amazing it is etc. If you're that passionate about it maybe you should consider starting your own blog?  :)

Legal Stuff:
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