Monday, 29 February 2016

VLOG 22 - BRITs, Parent's Evening and strange accents.



Hi Everyone! Thank you for your patience last week on here. I wasn't around much as my 'other' job was demanding. Great, but demanding.

Normal week this week. Whatever that means these days. ;)

Dan and Phil!

Thank you Carly for being a top wingman (woman). Thank you Pixi for saying 'YES!' when I said 'Ooh fancy doing the BRITs and letting me pummel some faces?'.

Carly and Future

Cheesy grin or what? Calm down Hirons. James Bay's Band.

And thank you to the entire team at the BRITs, from production to events to dressing room peeps to catering. What a lovely bunch.


Jourdann Dunn in all her gorgeousness. And she's lovely too. How rude.

Ruth, Jo and some maniac.

Carly and Gerry Leonard

Aaron Draper - Adele's percussionist - also lovely.

Thank you Jo and Zoe, who kept us inline backstage. For the most part. ;)


See you next week!






*Every artist shown gave their express permission to be photographed, in most cases by the official photographer Piers Macdonald. Even Future, who appears to be asleep. And no, I did not give Drake a facial. Or Bieber. Calm down. (That was for my daughter. And my nieces. :) )

Saturday, 27 February 2016

January Labs Giveaway Winner


Hi Lovely People!

The winner of the January Labs Giveaway chosen by random through Rafflecopter is Rikki Ardagh from Australia. :)

I'll see you Monday - organising my life this weekend.

Congratulations Rikki and thank you so much January!

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Beauty Myths No.18 - eye creams fix genetic dark circles


Dark circles driving you mad? Tried everything under the sun? Whilst there are limited things that you can do about them and definitely things that make them worse, if they are genetic, i.e., if you know for a fact that ma and pa gave them to you, you are limited in what you can do.

I'm talking specifically to my lovely Asian readers, darker-toned readers and even my lovely red-headed extremely pale readers. If you can see dark circles, and to your knowledge, there is no particular reason for them, look at your parents/immediate family. If they also have them, you're probably genetically lined up in a similar fashion, and there isn't a cream alive that will safely deal with that kind of dark circle.

Sure, there are excellent eye creams out there that can take the edge off, and some brightening ones that will 'lift' the appearance of them, but anyone that looks you in the eye and says 'this cream will absolutely fix your dark circles' is either misinformed, or not being completely straight with you. It's a little easier for those of us with occasional dark circles caused by things like illness, dehydration, too much of a good (bad) thing, but genetics are hard to mess with. 

Eye Cream Cheat Sheet - this is really old, I should probably do an updated version:  www.carolinehirons.com/eye-cream-cheat-sheet

All eye cream reviews - www.carolinehirons.com/eyecreams

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

L.A. LOOT


Hi Everyone!

Thanks for your patience - I get there in the end. ;) A little more detail on what I brought back from LA and why. Needless to say I am not new to excess baggage.

Details below. LOVE YOU L.A.!


Skincare:
Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cleanser - Available April.
Pacifica Instant Karma Cleansing Oil - not currently available.
Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day & Night Face Cream - http://bit.ly/1Q3bEBI
Pacifica Future Youth Enzymatic Mask - http://bit.ly/1LB0mmi
January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion - http://bit.ly/1mR3nsm
January Labs Power Peel Exfoliant - Professional Use Only
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask - http://amzn.to/1TyFfZu
Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb - http://bit.ly/1Tu2Hpw

Body:
Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Body Wash - http://bit.ly/1j21g2O 
Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Body Lotion - http://bit.ly/1Q3bgDc
Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava Body Butter - http://bit.ly/1Qsnkgu
Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter - http://bit.ly/1Qa5bZf

Hair:
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Hold & Shine Moisture Mist - http://bit.ly/1Tu4gnj
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Grow Treatment Masque - http://bit.ly/1ow5mDn
Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie - http://bit.ly/1Qa5Ny5
Big Sexy Hair Root Pump - http://bit.ly/1QsnPqR
Ouai Texturizing Hairspray - http://bit.ly/24kHZgX
Ouai Finishing Creme - http://bit.ly/24kHZgX
Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil Volume Hairspray - http://bit.ly/1KBtsXI
Rock Your Hair Hot Curls Thermal Curl Spray - http://bit.ly/1XGmEdt
EVA NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo - http://bit.ly/1WBwuvV
EVA NYC Forget Me Knot Dry Conditioner - http://bit.ly/1WBwuvV

Makeup:
Fuego - 28 Color Hot Collection - http://bit.ly/1oVktab
City Color Timeless Beauty Palette - not available
Juice Beauty Liquid Lip in Reese - http://bit.ly/1VxpcJj
Juice Beauty Sheer Lip Gloss in 05 Bikini - http://bit.ly/21iXy6j
Smashbox X-Rated Mascara - http://bit.ly/1Ugmeui
Michael Kors Eau de Parfum/Lip Lustre in Sexy Amber - http://bit.ly/1Tu7jfg
Baby Lips Medicated - http://bit.ly/1Tu7nf5
Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Glosses - http://bit.ly/1Tu7sPW
Pop Beauty Pow Wow Powders - available end of March - http://bit.ly/1QTjspu


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Monday, 22 February 2016

VLOG 21

Hi Everyone. Prepare yourself for some hideousness this week. There's bare-faced-spots galore, rambling, and coleslaw on toast. Why? Because it's delicious that's why.

One day, I'll get it together and remember to take really good thumbnail pictures and make it all look really lovely. That day is not today.

In the meantime, here's a picture of the best press gift I received last week:






See you next week - if you can bear it. :)

Sunday, 21 February 2016

May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden


What is it?
'A botanical mist.'

Facial spritz/toner.

Who is it for?
Everyone.

What’s in it?
pure water (aqua)
*hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)
argentum metallicum (silver)
jasmine (jasmine) grandiflorum absolute
caprylic/capric triglyceride
jasminum officinale (jasmine) extract
*rosa damascena (rose) oil
*cananga odorata (ylang-ylang) oil
*vanilla planifolia (vanilla) CO2 total essential oil
theobroma cacao (cocoa) oil

*organic

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
essential oils

Natural? Organic? Man made? Gluten-free? Vegan?
Organic where possible, then wild-crafted/natural/gluten-free/vegan

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/No

What's not in it?
Not really applicable for a spray product, as they don't tend to contain a lot of things that are problematic (although there are some humdingers out there)

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Either as part of your routine, after acid toning, or as and when you need to refresh or hydrate your skin. OR simply because you want to smell the scent of this beyond-gorgeous product.

What’s good about it?
Everything. Since writing about Blue Cocoon, I have been asked frequently to review the rest of the range. The problem is, there isn't a bad thing to say about it and I don't want it to appear like I'm just fawning, but May, along with brands like Tata, Kate Somerville and Zelens are brands that I would never be without, one way or another.
This mist is on another level. Once you've used it there's no going back. It smells of jasmine and cocoa, with a hint of vanilla, which is, I realise, a bizarre combination. But it works, splendiferously so. 
It is designed to strengthen skin, restore elasticity, stimulate microcirculation and soothe signs of redness, inflammation and irritation. I use after acid toning and throughout the day if I'm feeling dehydrated, which is often in this weather. Layer over and under your other products to lock in moisture. I've been using it underneath the Chanel cream from yesterday and then rubbing Blue Cocoon on areas of redness caused by recent retinoids on my cheeks. Bliss.

What’s not so good about it?
It's £48.00 for 100ml, so if you're on a budget, this is obviously not for you. Also, it's so good that you will want to spray just for the smell, which is a tad indulgent, even for me. Calm down.

Similar products?
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence
MV Organics Rose Hydrating Mist


May Lindstrom's The Jasmine Garden is £48.00 from Cult Beauty.com and $60.00 from MayLindstrom.com


Saturday, 20 February 2016

La Solution 10 De Chanel


Every time I talk about Chanel I get negative comments about the fragrance content. Well, those of you that like your products fragrance-free because you have sensitive skin and would like to use Chanel but can't, heads up.

What is it?
'The 1st comforting moisturiser formulated by Chanel to soothe, de-stress and defend sensitive skin with only 10 ingredients for optimal skin tolerance.'

An oil and fragrance-free moisturiser for sensitised skin.

Who is it for?
In theory everyone, as most of us have sensitivity issues from time to time.
Particularly good for stressed skins, reddened skins and post-treatment skins.

What’s in it?
The 10 ingredients are:
water
squalane (olive sourced, not shark)
lauroyl lysine (amino acid)
glycerin (vegetal)
camellia sinensis leaf extract (silver needle white tea)
shea butter extract
sodium polyacrylate (emollient)
steareth-21 (emulsifier)
caprylyl glycol (humectant)
phenoxyethanol (preservative)

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Not really, even the shea butter is an extract, as opposed to the thick actual 'butter'.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Mixture/vegan

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No in EU/ sold in China

What's not in it?
oil
fragrance
mineral oil
parabens

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
'Apply to perfectly cleansed skin morning and evening.'

I've also been using it randomly, as a moisturiser and underneath other heavier products throughout the day on no-makeup days.

What’s good about it?
To look at the ingredients you may not get particularly excited about this new Chanel cream, but the attention to detail has been rather hidden behind the scenes. Chanel worked with Dr Amy Wechsler to try and find the best cream to immediately soothe the skin, with the fewest ingredients.
La Solution apparently took 117 trials and 4 years to come to market and Chanel say during each trial they would go back to the drawing board if any of the testers reported redness/breakouts etc.
We know that stress is a killer - for both you and your skin. In the skin it is caused by sleep deprivation, emotional and physical stress, travel, pollution, smoking, hormonal changes, sun exposure, over-scrubbing, the list is endless. A stressed skin leads to over-production of NGF (nerve growth factors) and causes the skin's sensitivity to increase.
The main focus of the product is silver needle tea, containing twice as many polyphenols as green tea and proven to reduce the production of these neurotrophic factors by 75%. In layman's terms, it tells your skin to CHILL and go for a lie down.
I used it to calm my post-retinoid flaky skin under slightly heavier oil-based moisturisers and it was brilliant. Not greasy, no burn at all on sensitised areas and it definitely took the redness down. I reached for this over my usual 'sensitive face' products all week and it worked. I love it. It's now my first choice when I feel a hot flash/food allergy reaction coming on, and very comfortably in the 'when in doubt' pile.
One of the nicest things for me is the purposeful exclusion of mineral oil, all too often added to 'sensitive' creams with the thinking that it causes no further damage, and that fewer people react to it, when more and more we are finding out that this is simply not the case. It's used primarily because it is cheap.

What’s not so good about it?
It's £58.00, but it's Chanel. And it's not a vanity product. It works. Your call. But please refrain from leaving me comments saying 'Why would you pay £58.00 for a face cream?' when I check your Instagram and it's full of £500 handbags and £150 jeans. Alrighty then. :)

Similar products?
I only found Eucerin, and that wasn't particularly 'clean', if you know what I mean.
Minimal ingredients, no fragrance, no oil, no essential oils, no mineral oil. Can anyone think of anything else? I'll add if so!


Chanel La Solution is £58.00 and goes on sale nationwide in the UK on 25th March, but is already widely in the US and available from Nordstrom for $80.00 here: Nordstrom/Chanel/laSolution



Tuesday, 16 February 2016

January Labs Giveaway


Hi Everyone! So the lovely January from January Labs was concerned that those of us outside the US were having difficulty getting hold of her brand, so is offering one lucky reader worldwide the entire range, including her eye cream and an exclusive not-for-sale spa mask (not pictured - but you'll see it in my upcoming LA video).

To win all of the above simply enter via Rafflecopter below:
Winner will be chosen next Tuesday. Good Luck everyone!

Thank you January. And yes, she is working on getting the brand over here. :) 


a Rafflecopter giveaway






Monday, 15 February 2016

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm


What is it?
The blurb: 'This deep-cleansing balm contains a luxurious blend of Shea Butter, Rosehip and Jojoba Oil to leave skin smooth, soft and clean. The gentle polishing action of the muslin cloth helps remove dirt, revealing a beautiful radiant complexion.'

It's your typical cleansing balm, although predominantly organic.

Who is it for?
Everyone.

What’s in it?
Olea europaea (Olive) fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinesis (Jojoba) seed oil*, Cera alba (Beeswax)*, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) butter*, Prunus amgdalus dulcis (Sweet almond) oil*, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosa canina seed oil*, Limonene, Citronellol, Pelargonium graveolens flower oil, Citrus aurantium dulcis peel extract*, Linalool, Citrus aurantium bergamia (Bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus medica limonum (Lemon) peel oil, Geraniol, Parfum (Fragrance), Citral *Organic Certified Ingredient

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Shea butter and beeswax, but I would point out that the formulation is more 'oil' than 'thick balm' as soon as it touches the skin and therefore you should only avoid if actually allergic/intolerant, I think combination skins would be ok with this formula, as long as you removed it correctly.
Fragrance - no good if you're super-sensitised to any type of fragrance as this one would appear to have a little of both - which is odd as it doesn't smell strong at all.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Organic - not vegan

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/Unsure - I've asked them directly and will update when I hear back.

What's not in it?
mineral oil
parabens

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
As with any balm, use on dry skin either to remove makeup or as a second cleanse or morning cleanse. 

The description on the Boots website says this: 'Finish by soaking the cloth in cold water and press gently over face to close pores.' - obviously the less said about that statement the better.

LOOK AT THOSE PORES CLOSE!
What’s good about it?
I really liked this balm. It's gentle, yet removes everything, (I didn't try on waterproof, but as an oil it should work). This removed my makeup really well, and is nice enough to use it as a second cleanse or a quick morning cleanse, depending on your mood, your skin and the amount of time you have.

What’s not so good about it?
Not much. It's a lovely, organic, plant-based balm, at a great price for a decent size. The equivalent size in the Eve Lom cleanser would come in around £47.00. Nice one Boots.

Boots Botanics Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is a bargainous £8.99 for 70ml and available here: www.boots.com/Botanics-Organic-Hot-Cloth-Cleansing-Balm


Similar products?
Emma Hardie
Sanctuary Spa
OSKIA
Omorovicza
Clinique
Pixi
Lush
All make great cleansing balms - none at this price though. If you're on a budget, start here.



Sunday, 14 February 2016

What to Buy? Honest Beauty


This week's What to Buy? comes from Honest Beauty, the new beauty line extension from Jessica Alba's Honest brand.

I LIKE.




Honest Beauty is available from https://www.honestbeauty.com/

The store that I visited is located in The Grove, Beverly Hills.

My top is from Banana Republic http://bit.ly/1QfCxB
and my nails (always my most-asked question) are OPI Gels in Fluffy Bunny http://bit.ly/1KPm76E


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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Hydraluron Revisited


I can't believe it has been three and a half years since I first blogged about Hydraluron. In response to recent questions, I thought I would briefly revisit my old friend. The information on the original post still stands, and I would suggest you read that if you want in depth info.

In answer to the most-asked questions:

How do you use it?
It's a moisture magnet, so you have to use this under a water-based moisturiser to get the best out of it. There's not much point using it under an oil. If you do my regular routine, it would look something like:
Cleanse, acid, spritz/essence, eye, serum, Hydraluron, moisturiser.

Are we doing anything wrong?
Yes. Using it on its own. Don't do it. It won't kill you, or damage your skin in any way, but you really need to put a moisturiser on top to get the benefits.

Do you (me) still use it?
Yes! Because people see a limited view of my routines on Instagram, if I don't show certain things for a while, I get asked if I'm still using them, or some people just presume that I don't. I popped open another tube of Hydraluron this morning, which is what reminded me to do this post. I don't use it daily, but it comes out when I'm dehydrated, always.

What about the other products in the line?
Although I've tried the sheet masks and the moisturiser version, and I always come back to the original. The moisturiser isn't as strong as the serum, and I know people are obsessed with sheet masks, but I, for the most part, don't have the patience. If you are young, and need a good, solid, hydrating moisturiser, you can do much worse than the Hydraluron Moisture Jelly. Similarly, if you love a mask, go for it. They're both good. I just prefer the original. ;)

Indeed Labs Hydraluron is £24.99 and available from Boots nationwide and online at Boots.com

My original post: www.carolinehirons.com/hall-of-fame-hydraluron

Friday, 12 February 2016

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion


*OK firstly - a quick note (that I will remove in due course) to apologise for the distinct lack of blogging action in recent weeks. My real 'day job' has been really, really busy - in a great way, and I've had to prioritise that over the blog/YouTube/social media etc. In a way it has sent me back to the early days of blogging where I did most of it at the weekends. This weekend I have a clear diary and will be blogging and hanging out in the kitchen like the good old days. Thank you for your patience lovely peeps. I'm genuinely SO excited to talk about all the newness I've discovered in recent weeks.*

So January Labs have been on the blog before, namely the Restorative Face Mist, which I literally use daily. I met with January when I was in L.A. recently and she very kindly gave me this moisturiser, which, as it turns out, is really lovely.

What is it?
'A mild plant-based lotion designed to re-hydrate and restore balance to all skin types.'

Who is it for?
Everyone.

What’s in it?
Water , C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sunflower Oil, Polysorbate-60, Organic Cranberry Seed Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Evening Primrose Extract, Linseed Seed Oil, Organic Cucumber Fruit Extract, Organic Shea Butter, Starflower Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behenyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palm Oil, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Carbomer, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Shea Butter Fruit, Avocado Oil, Lime Oil, Goji Berry, Chamomile Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
Nope. You're good. The shea butter is far enough down the inci to not be a problem for acnaic skins.

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
A mixture of organic and natural - January has more information on her ingredients and formulas here: Our Promise.

Tested on animals/sold in territories that advocate testing?
No/No

What's not in it?
mineral oil
synthetic colouring
fragrance
sulfates
parabens

How do you use it?/Where to use in your routine?
Apply after serums as per usual, AM and PM.

What’s good about it?
This is just a really good, hydrating, non-sticky, moisturiser that makes the perfect accompaniment to a higher tech serum. It contains some anti-ageing benefits by way of peptides and great oils. It's light yet hydrating, fragrance free for those of you (and I know there is an increasing amount of you) that want to avoid fragrance whether its natural or synthetic.
Whether you've maybe splurged on an expensive serum and want to maximise that, or you're just looking for a good moisturiser that won't break the bank but will work, check this one out.

What’s not so good about it?
Honestly? Nothing. It's a good size, for a good price and it works.

January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion is $28.00 for 60ml and available from www.januarylabs.com/moisture-balancing-lotion


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Limited Edition Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil collaboration with Caroline Hirons in aid of The Eve Appeal



Regular readers will know that I have long championed The Eve Appeal and their brilliant work in raising funds, awareness and working hard towards cures for women's cancers. Well now I've had the opportunity to get a little further involved via this Limited Edition collaboration between myself and Aurelia Probiotic Skincare.

When the lovely team at Aurelia approached me with this idea, I jumped at the chance. Anything that combines beautiful skincare with raising funds and awareness for The Eve Appeal is good with me. 

The Limited Edition Cell Repair Night Oil goes on sale today and £10.00 of every bottle sold goes directly to The Eve Appeal. We aim to raise a minimum of £20,000, the proceeds of which will go towards a ground-breaking research programme - FORECEE (4C) - which aims to develop a single test to predict the personal risk of developing the four women’s cancers and save significantly more women’s lives.

'To this day, gynaecological cancers remain too-little known and research in to their development is under-funded. Alongside this, there’s a worrying decline in screening uptake for one of the most common women’s cancers. This is why partnerships such as this which raise awareness, reach new audiences and help support medical research are so vital.' 
Athena Lamnisos, CEO The Eve Appeal


The oil itself is a beautiful multi-tasking wonder that was first on the blog two years ago and of course played a huge part in my very first Cult Beauty Box. The Cell Repair Night Oil is an intensive overnight boosting treatment which works in tandem with the skin's nightly repair mode. This exquisite oil instantly absorbs to work on all fronts, it firms, tones, restructures and regenerates, fights free radicals and reduces oxidative stress.


If you are looking for something to give your skin extra 'oomph' and fancy supporting a brilliant charitable cause at the same time, all the information you need is here: Limited Edition Cell Repair Night Oil

The Limited Edition Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil collaboration with Caroline Hirons (me!) :) is on sale now on www.aureliaskincare.com priced £45.00 for 50ml, while stocks last. With every oil sold comes an Eve Appeal pin to be worn with pride; knowing the money raised from this partnership is contributing to such a worthwhile cause. 


Further information on The Eve Appeal: www.eveappeal.org.uk
Further information on the FORECEE programme: www.eveappeal.org.uk/forecee


* The Eve Appeal was launched in 2005 and is the UK’s only national gynaecological cancer research charity. Their mission is to raise funds for research and to save lives from these diseases. Every day 55 women in the UK are diagnosed with one of the five women-specific cancers and of these, 21 will lose their lives.

The Eve Appeal registered charity numbers:
(England & Wales): 1091708
(Scotland): SC042612



*Caroline Hirons is not receiving any financial payment for this collaboration.





Monday, 8 February 2016

Cheat Sheet - Top 5 Things American Girls are doing wrong in Skincare


First things first:
  • Yes, this is a sweeping generalisation, based on my time in LA last week. Please don't be offended if you reside in the USA and it bears no resemblance whatsoever to your routine. That's excellent.
  • No, of course I don't think everyone in the USA treats their skin like this, but a lot of you do. Especially a lot of the 'Under 25' Ladies in the LA region last week.
  • And finally, if you are not new here, there is nothing new for you today. You've heard all of this before. Move along, make yourself tea, come back tomorrow. ;)

So I just returned from L.A., the land of the lovely people, where I was at the Gen Beauty event with Pixi.
I did two Meet'n'Greets across the weekend while I was there, along with a Q&A, where a lot of the same issues/questions came up. After I heard the word 'scrub' for the 50th time, I made a mental note to do this post.

1. Scrubs. Oh Lord the scrubs. You like a scrub. You LOVE a scrub. And the rougher the better. Too harsh. Way too harsh. Also: a number of you enjoy removing your makeup with scrubs. Yes really. Please stop. The 'scratch' is not good. And I quote:

'I really love it when I can feel my face burn afterwards.'


2. You keep all your products in your bathrooms. It's too hot in there. Especially in California. Please keep everything outside of your cleansing products in your bedroom if you can.

3. Foaming. I'm not saying you like a bit of foam, but the same products kept getting mentioned, to the point where I was literally itching my face.

L.A. - AFTER CLEANSING TIME.
4. Showers. You love doing all these scrubs and foaming things in your showers. I love a good shower. Who doesn't? I just don't cleanse my face in it. Do it afterwards, at the sink, with a washcloth/flannel, the way Jesus intended.

5. You like a 'minimal routine'. I had a queue (both days) of 100 women at a time asking me to help them with their skin, then pulling a face at the mere suggestion that using more than a scrub and a moisturiser might possibly help. You don't have to get on board with a seven step routine, but good skin takes more than a scrub, an oil-free moisturiser and a prayer.


Now please read this and meet me afterwards for a cup of tea to discuss: 


Saturday, 6 February 2016

VLOG WEEK 19 - L.A. Part 2

Part 2 includes a little shopping, some rushed packing and Gen Beauty - including the mini facial I did for Ipsy's Periscope while I was there.


Hope you enjoy! :)



Pixi very kindly paid for my flight and hotel to facilitate my appearance at their blogger event and Gen Beauty but there was no requirement or obligation at all to review or mention Pixi in any content or promotional way.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

VLOG WEEK 19 - L.A. Part 1


Hi All!

I fended off the jetlag for long enough to upload Part 1 of this week's vlog. Apologies for the lack of blogging last week, as you'll see I was pretty much asleep when I wasn't working. I'll be catching up with all your comments on both the blog and YouTube this week so thanks for bearing with. :)




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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Inspiring women in beauty - so is corporate setting us back?

I just spent a really inspiring, great week in L.A. surrounded by brilliant women who have forged a way in the beauty industry and founded great brands, all outside of the realm of the traditional 'corporate' atmosphere. These women are doing it all their own way and making huge successes as they go.

Between the jetlag and the time in the hotel room, I get a lot of thinking time when I'm travelling alone, mainly because I don't have about 10 people saying 'Mum', or 'Love, have you seen my phone/wallet/keys?'.

After every meeting on this trip I came away thinking 'Wow. This is how I want to do it.' These women are a formidable force.


Petra Strand, founded Pixi and opened their flagship store in London over 15 years ago and now runs the company from their LA offices, where they service their main account in the USA, Target. The UK business is surging ahead with the launch of the Skintreats range in Marks & Spencer and QVC opening last year to immediate sell-outs. The business continues to go from strength to strength, with Petra guiding the way based solely on her instincts and her knowledge of her customer.


May Lindstrom - I met May for the first time on this trip, and like Petra, May is obviously the Boss in the office, and her staff treat each other like family. Last August May shut down her entire business, including the office and online sales, to give her staff a two week complete break from work. She plans to repeat it this year, acknowledging that the health of her business is dependent on the health and happiness of her team. She has also removed her brand from all discounting across her partner retailers, indirectly positioning herself alongside brands like Chanel, who you simply never see doing 'sale'. May has a very set plan of where she sees her brand, holding tight onto her retail outlets, preferring quality over quantity.


Michelle Phan, arguably the first YouTube female megastar, launched her own MCN in 2012, has done makeup collaborations with Lancome and helped organise Gen Beauty. Her company Ipsy, has 1.5 million subscribers in the USA and is valued at over $500 million. She's also very nice IRL. Every single fan at Gen Beauty was greeted with a smile and a selfie without hesitation. She's smart.


Carisa Janes founded Hourglass Cosmetics 10 years ago, launching one product into Barneys in New York. I spent a good hour in the Hourglass flagship store in Venice, CA on Monday (if you haven't been, you must) and the attention to detail is beautiful. To my mind, Hourglass OWN the previously-ignored powder market and you just know Lauder, L'Oreal and LVMH have their cheque books ready. And if they don't, they're morons.


January Olds, facialist and founder of January Labs, worked behind the scenes of other brands before launching her own line. She develops products that her spa clients want, rather than what marketing teams dream up.


April Gargiulo founded Vintner's Daughter after searching for a highly active yet natural, potent serum when she couldn't find what she wanted in her local beauty stores. She is in no rush to develop further products and is completely in control of her brand, something that fits in perfectly while she raises her two very small children.

After spending time with these women, I came away thinking how great it would be if women like this were not only running their own brands, but big 'corporate' beauty. Imagine the changes in big business if decisions were based around shared personal experiences, and empathy and understanding for your main client - being women - because you had been through the very same thing yourself. Yes, the men's market is growing, but women are the biggest beauty consumers. It's our market.

Time and time again, when you hear of the 'big' jobs in beauty becoming available, they nearly always go to men. Middle-aged white men to be exact. Why? Are you telling me that nowhere in the industry was there a female that could do that role? Nonsense. And buyers in certain areas (not all). Too many times I've had a meeting with a male buyer that had been transferred from bedding, that literally had no clue what I was talking about when referencing comparative brands. It would be like me taking a job in gaming or the car industry. I'd literally be:


Even one of our own professional 'bodies', previously only open to women, have taken in men, leading to myself and a lot of friends letting our membership slide. 


Opening the email 'informing us of their decision' like:

Never mind. I'm sure they won't miss us. ;)


I'll leave on a positive note from my good friend Maleka, the founder of Merumaya, who I spoke to at length today on this subject.



'How we actively support one another in our endeavours is so important. We need to be doing more of this at every level. Retailers, bloggers/vloggers, media, influencers, customers, women2women; supporting women in business (not just the ones that are already successful or who have a celebrity clientele), supporting small businesses and local businesses and encouraging, with all your heart, those individuals, that had the courage to put all they have on the line and pursue their dreams. And then to celebrate those women when they have been successful, to share those examples of success with each other and our own daughters, so that they are encouraged to be entrepreneurial, brave, secure, unafraid of failure, positive, compassionately supportive, creative, successful and happy.'

AMEN.