beauty

I can’t get through winter without… Playa



Playa hair care

Winter is a bitch isn’t it? I just can’t with these flat, grey, dark-by-3pm afternoons. The only thing that tempts me out of my bed – one duvet, four blankets, and two hot water bottles at last count – is the promise of a piping hot shower and invigorating scent-infused suds. My current saviour is the hair line by LA-based Playa.

I’m a hair minimalist so I don’t use a ton of styling products but this is a very concise edit of essentials (more…)



How to relax



Aromatherapy Associates bath and shower oil

There’s only one way I can de-stress at this time of year and no, it’s not a faceful of salted caramel panettone. (OK, why lie? That too.)

The one thing that really works is a piping hot bath, a fat magazine book and a generous capful of Aromatherapy Associates bath oil. These have been a beauty editor’s secret potion since the year dot. There are many other bath unguents of course, but in terms of genuinely allowing deep relaxation, these blissful bottles are practically medicinal. (more…)



Buy it now: Giorgio Armani Eye & Brow Maestro



Giorgio Armani Eye and Brow Maestro - a-multi-tasking cream for brows, eyeshadow, contour and root retouching

Maybe it’s my 80s upbringing but I’m a big brow girl through and through. Thankfully, I escaped the 90s barely-there brow trend unscathed. I recall a micro 70s revival in 1993 that resulted in an overplucking epidemic that many never recovered from, followed by the bleached brow which I rather liked but was too scared to attempt. (more…)



Festive beauty for for minimalists



Chanel numeros rouges limited edition lipsticks
I struggle with festive style. I cannot abide a novelty ‘Christmas jumper’, anything too sequinny makes me think ‘Julien Macdonald for Debenhams’, and sparkly eyeshadow makes my eyelids look like they’re disintegrating.

Instead, I resort to my default option of silk shirt (my black Levi’s one with navy stars is as jazzy as I go) and tailored trousers with a cocktail ring or two and one of my Judith Leiber vintage minaudieres.

Chanel’s Numéros Rouges limited edition Christmas collection is rather jewel-like too, with newly red-encased lipsticks replacing the classic black packaging. (more…)