Winter-proof your skin

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fc774d65a0547eb5ade684d224954f6cWe love autumn and winter here at W&W. (For evidence, see Alex’s post - a hymn to autumnal delights, and this one, too). Good thing, too, as rumour (okay, my friend Sarah, who just seems to know these things) tells me that rumour has it that we are in for the coldest, snowiest winter since 2010.

However, loving what winter does to our skin? Not so much. I, for one, come over all dry and itchy – and might as well take out shares in moisturiser, given the amount I am compelled to slather on to my parched skin. This year, however, it’s going to be different. 1. Because I am going to eat like this in preparation (thank you, Henrietta Norton) 2. I have taken the precaution of consulting Grace Timothy, beauty editor extraordinaire (we’ve said it before, but her Pregnant Beauty Guide should be your first port of call if you are pregnant – or even if you’re not, her beauty tips are always invaluable). Read on for her invaluable advice. Are you taking notes?

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Weekend Wishlist

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However, more realistically (given that it has suddenly turned chilly), I will be hitting up Boden to get my mitts on this very Marni-esque jumper, which I will team with this could-be-from-JCrew-gotta-love-Boden necklace. A double whammy of gorgeous.

Printed button back jumper, £69, Boden

Printed button back jumper, £69, Boden

Flowerburst necklace, £49, Boden

Flowerburst necklace, £49, Boden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De Mamiel Altitude Oil

De Mamiel Altitude oil, £22, My Showcase

De Mamiel Altitude oil, £22, My Showcase

It is fair to say that my immune system has taken a beating over the last couple of months, so when I saw this De Mamiel Altitude Oil on the very good Get the Gloss, and read of its antibacterial and antiseptic healing and preventive properties, my response was, sign me up, please. Excellent for preventing and fighting colds, I would venture to say it sounds like an essential for anyone who uses public transport…

 

 

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I do love a new cookbook. And Lorraine Pascale’s A Lighter Way to Bake, might just tempt me into trying my hand at baking. Thus far, it has somewhat eluded me, as there has never been much call for baking in my life. Until now. Yesterday C and I made cookies together for the first time – and she loved it. Not as much as the eating, mind you, but enough to regale Daddy with ‘how to bake cookies’ at bedtime, “You put flour in a bowl. And then some sugar. And then some toast.” (Note: no toast was involved in the baking of these cookies).

Thing is…I am not a huge fan of rich, heavy baked goods, so the lovely Lorraine (and she is lovely – so friendly and warm and gosh-darn pretty) is tempting me with promises of reduced fat and sugar, but oodles of taste (check this out and this ah-may-zing sounding breakfast loaf which I want to make right about now.

This is a big old ask for a W&W wishlist, but I would really, really love a woodburning stove for my living room. We have talked about having one for ages (middle class cliche, I know) and I am just in love with the thought, cliche or not.  I can imagine us cosied around it at winter, reading murder mysteries (me); the ipad (him); Just look at how fabulous they can look…

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This one from Charnwood is all kinds of lovely. I love that they are British made and can be used in Smoke Control Zones (which, living in London, applies to us).
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My Beauty Uniform: Nicola de Burlet

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The fabulously-named Nicola de Burlet is one of my favourite beauty insiders. Head of PR at Kenneth Green Associates, she is all enthusiasm and charm. She has nearly twenty years’ experience working with big name brands – you might just have heard of some of them: Chanel, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Terry de Gunzburg, Balmain,Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy… In short, there is nothing she doesn’t know about beauty and fragrance. Plus she is seriously glamorous with envy-inducing skin. Last time we met, I found myself scrutinising her complexion, thinking, “She has a full-on, high-powered job, a son and two step-sons. How in heaven’s name does she do it?” Finally, I now have a chance to find out…

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“I have to admit my first love was fashion – pouring over copies of my mum’s Vogue. I wanted to be Ines de la Fressange on the Chanel catwalk.”

Working later on in the fashion and beauty press teams at Chanel in Paris was like a dream come true for me, not to mention teaching me a lot about style and the French chic!  As a result of my job, I spend a lot of time on shoots with stylists and make up artists. I am always asking them what their top must-have product is. When I came back to London I worked at Givenchy and fell in love with their vintage scents from the 1950s.  I now work with over 25 luxury fragrance brands at Kenneth Green and am obsessed with smell!  Ever since I was little my mother laughed at me as I am forever sticking my nose into things to see how they smell.

“Having a child makes you wonder what you did with your time before children –the mornings were so much more relaxed back then and you could spend a full 40mins on your eyeliner if you wanted to.”

Now I need fast, efficient and hard working products (like me!).  I may have less time but there are some things I never compromise on and I always always cleanse tone and moisturise (morning and night) and I always use serums by La Prairie in the day and a good facial oil at night (Clarins) . My view is that if you look after the canvas, less paint is needed on the top!  Guerlain’s Midnight Secret is a must and can really transform tired skin – I always give a bottle of this to friends who have recently had kids. Moisturisers – I love the Dr Sebagh products – his night cream is wonderful. Every now and again I will go to bed with a healthy lashing of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, my husband hates the smell, but now they do an odourless one! One thing that has speeded up my evening routine no end is my Clarisonic Cleanser  (from £125)– no more soggy cotton wool pads everywhere and much cleaner skin.

Super Restorative Serum, £75, Clarins

Clarins Super Restorative Serum, £75,

Dr Sebagh Supreme Night Secret, £195

Dr Sebagh Supreme Night Secret, £195

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant, £25, House of Fraser

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, £25, House of Fraser

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My skincare secret…”

I learnt whilst living in France, always have a facial at the turn of the season and I still do it now, when I can. I love Guinot facials otherwise Bliss are amazing, the Triple Oxygen Facial with foot massage is a huge treat.

“My make-up routine has to be quick, give good results and be long lasting”

Primers are a must (perfecting that blank canvas) and I use the make up forever one which has a SPF 50, I am trying to protect my face from the sun at all times.  Then a quick sweep of mineral powder foundation (Bare Minerals) and a pale pink blusher (Chantecaille do a great one).

Make-Up Forever perfecting primer, £25.95, Guru Make-Up Emporium

Make-Up Forever perfecting primer, £25.95, Guru Make-Up Emporium

Chantecaille Cheek Creme in Playful, £19.50, Space NK

Chantecaille Cheek Creme in Playful, £19.50, Space NK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I learnt from make up artists that a good brow is very important, it frames the face.  I get mine threaded, the result is a cleaner line – you can always pencil them in afterwards for a perfect look. By Terry do the softest khol pencils, there is nothing worse than a hard scratchy pencil. I use a bronze one, Laura Mercier also do a nice one called Black Gold, and I much prefer cream eyeshadows as they are more long lasting.  I finish off with lashings of mascara, the holy grail – Laura Mercier again, it’s amazing, or Benefit they’re real is also good.  Lip balm – nuxe, always handy and I use it on my son too!

Benefit they're real, £19.50, Boots

Benefit they’re real, £19.50, Boots

Laura Mercier Kohl eye pencil, £15.50, John Lewis

Laura Mercier Kohl eye pencil, £15.50, John Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For a night out…”

Vamp up the eyes – loads of khol and a fuscia lip – not drawn on but dabbd on with a finger – much nicer and low key.

“I have become one a nail varnish girl!

I love a dark blue – Vinylux do this amzing week-long polish which is easy to put on and stays put – priceless when you are rushing about and have to do bath-time at the end of the day!! Otherwise a good cheat is to get a good nude – it doesn’t show when it chips!

CND Vinylux - Blue Rapture, £9.95, Calla Distribution

CND Vinylux – Blue Rapture, £9.95, Calla Distribution

CND Vinylux - Midnight Swim, £9.95, Calla Distribution

CND Vinylux – Midnight Swim, £9.95, Calla Distribution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I have also become a gym girl”

Nina my trainer is amazing, we have such fun together and I teach her about make up and perfume and she teaches me about keeping fit!  One thing I always do is moisturise after my shower or bath – whatever body lotion comes to hand, but I slather it on. Once a week I do a full on body scrub.

“My hair guru is..”

Mathew Alexander. He is a wizard in hair and make up = he can do it all and is perfect if you want a new look or ideas on what hair styles and make up colours work with your complexion and style. I have very blonde hair with silvery streaks but I am keen to keep it natural and low maintenance.  At home I use Wella shampoo for blonde and silver hair and an Aussie hair conditioner.  I like the Kerastase oils to give a sleek finish to dried hair.

Kerastase serum, £14.18, lookfantastic

Kerastase serum, £14.18, lookfantastic

“Unsurprisingly, I love so many different fragrances. This is my ‘fragrance wardrobe’”

I love the Annick Goutal colognes , the Vétiver is wonderful to just splash on liberally throughout the day; it is a great weekend fragrance too.  A brilliant all rounder is Balmain Ambre Gris, musky and delicious – I can’t stand sweet fragrances and will go for a classic every time. For night I will take it up a notch with something really sensual like the Ombre mercure by Terry de Gunzburg.

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Vetiver cologne, €135, Annick Goutal

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Terry de Gunzburgh Ombre Mercure, from £68, John Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balmain

Balmain Ambre Gris, from £42 at John Lewis

“My three desert island essentials”

1. Huile prodigieuse by Nuxe – you can wear it on your hair, body, lips everything!

2. Primer – my trusty factor 50

3. I really want the Terry de Gunzburg purse spray that is coming out this autumn – I am an absolute sucker for good packaging!!

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Weekend Wishlist

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Whilst I love a statement necklace, the necklace I wear the most is a delicate gold chain with an alphabet charm by Laura Lee; and I love layering fine bracelets. So I was thrilled to stumble across Laura Gravestock‘s beautiful, witty, affordable jewellery. I want it all.

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Dainty Star necklace, from £53

Written tiny knot ring, from £35

Written tiny knot ring, from £35

Because I am doing that thing whereby you put off what you need to today by doing what you’ll need to do next month (does anyone else do this? Just me?), I have been thinking about C’s birthday – in the process becoming addicted to Alex & Alexa. I knew they sold fabulous clothes for babies and children, but there’s also a brilliantly curated selection of toys and decor goodies to keep you (okay, me) clicking for hours. I limit mys wishlist to four items or this would be in danger of being non-sponsored sponsored post. The Butter Flying mobile alone is enough to make me want another baby…

Navy cotton plimsoles, £25.50

Navy cotton plimsoles, £25.50, Bensimon

Grey owl jumper, £48, Stella McCartney Kids

Grey owl jumper, £48, Stella McCartney Kids

Check dress, £34, Mayoral

Check dress, £34, Mayoral

Meghan Cloud Mobile by The Butter Flying, now £xx, Alex & Alexa

Meghan Cloud Mobile, £38, The Butter Flying

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am in the market for a new cleanser – given that mine is at the stage of being s-q-u-e-e-z-e-d to eek out the last drops. I have tried a few in my time – my skin is fairly sensitive, so fragrance is a big no-no, which tends to wipe out a swathe of offerings (including many from the big name brands). I love Eve Lom’s legendary cleanser, Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish and Nude’s Cleansing Facial Oil are all old friends, but I rather fancy trying something new from REN (home to the Best Shower/Bath Products Ever).

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No. 1 Purity Cleansing Balm, £30, REN

3 in 1

Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water, £13

 

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Post-Pregnancy Beauty

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So, you’ve had a baby. What, you mean you don’t look like this?

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Seriously? Come on, woman. Note to self: Must Try Harder.

Actually, scrap that. Must be cannier. You see, the other day, Alex and I were discussing W&W ideas, and she happened to mention that some friends had asked about what, precisely, you do when you have new (or even not so new – just young) children to look half-way human. I paraphrase, but you get the gist. And you have but to ask, and we shall seek.

Note: this is also jolly useful for zhushing up your skincare and beauty routine if you’re just a bit tired and grey-feeling as summer bows out.

Fortunately, I know one Grace Timothy, brilliant journalist, beauty guru, mama to one-year-old Emie Rae and creator of the genius Pregnant Beauty Guide.  I dutifully flung myself at her feet and begged for her insider knowledge.

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Double-duty beauty

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I can’t be sure but I imagine you, like me, have approximately five minutes a day to yourself. If that. By which I mean time in which you do something for nobody but you. Sure, I like my job, cooking for my family, the bedtime routine with my daughter (the new pre-work-getting-to-nursery routine….not so much) – but none of those things are just for me. So anything I can do to buy myself a couple of extra minutes to read my latest book before bed/dream up ideas for W&W/just be is welcome in my world. (And, erm, look like Gisele, please. She might have a slight overdose of smuggery but wouldn’t you if you look this good?)

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Summer Weekend Wishlist

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In keeping with this week’s summer theme, here is where I would like to be this weekend – on board a boat in the middle of the ocean – possibly the most gorgeous summer photo ever – by Pamela Hanson for Tommy Hilfiger.

I would, however, settle for…

Eating al fresco at Petersham Nurseries

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Dappled shade, a menu made up of locally grown produce, delicious lemonade – Petersham Nurseries Cafe, tucked into a bend by the river in Richmond, is such a treat (it opens for lunch only Tuesday to Sunday). If the menu is a little out of your price range – or mentally marked ‘special occasions only’ – the delightful teahouse serves cake (the lemon poppyseed is my downfall), tea and coffee.

Swooning over the mini sundresses at Childsplay Clothing

Such a great website which has carefully curated designer children’s wear under one virtual roof. There is plenty to covet here, whatever the size of your child. And their sale is on right now (if only the Stella McCartney polka dot tulle skirt wasn’t sold out, it would be on my list NOW). I would love to see my little girl sporting this Oiliy Junior dress (reduced to £28.20). Heck, I’d wear it if it came in my size.

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Wearing Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint with SPF 15

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Liz Earle’s long-awaited make-up range is an out-and-out winner. And this is EXACTLY what you need. It has SPF 15, is laden with good-for-your-skin ingredients, and gives you that dewy complexion without looking like you have a face full of slap (one of my personal bugbears. I had a pre-wedding makeover once and my husband’s response was, “Why do you have orange talcum powder all over your face?”). And it’s £21, which puts it on the not-cheap-but-affordable level (this is your SKIN, people – you wear it every single day). All the beauty editors I know are fans – and that is good enough for me.

 

 

 

Lighting up my garden 

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Hurricane lanterns, fairylights strung through trees, candles (under close supervision, of course) – perfect for a summer night in the garden. Head to Ikea, Garden Trading or Cox & Cox. Mine is the classic London courtyard garden – and I rather fancy stringing lights across it.

Making my home smell like summer with Neom’s Enchantment candle

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This is summer in a candle: bluebells, rose and something called guaiacwood (I don’t know what this is, precisely, but it combines with the florals to smell delicious). It’s all natural (no nasties), with 50 hours burn time (£42).

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Pamela Hanson for Tommy Hilfiger; GQ; via Pinterest

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Weekend Wishlist

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Oh joy. The weekend is So Very Nearly Here. Here’s what mine would contain, were I the Queen. Or even K-Mid.

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Peonies. Armfuls and armfuls of peonies (until I look exactly like this girl from the Vogue archives). Or just a bouquet of palest pink, white and cream ones. They are summer in a blowsy, overblown, gorgeous flower. I love peony season. (I also love these pictures, from Trouvais.) You can buy them from everywhere – on offer at M&S (I have deep pink peonies – reduced to £5), your local flower stall, or a fancy florist (this is a wow bouquet).

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Susan Ibrahim for & Other Stories The name Susan Ibrahim is new to me, but she’s a Paris-based Swedish designer who has worked with & Other Stories on a niche collection which does not – hurrah – cost the earth. The red dress, for instance (also available in black), comes in at £65; and this terribly ladylike leather handbag at £79.

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Big Birdies… 

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Clinque Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm I’ve gone a bit Diane Vreeland on the ‘think pink’ front today, haven’t I? Still, I have dry lips and I like the merest suggestion of colour (I cannot carry off lipstick) and so these brilliantly-named Chubby Sticks, £16 have shot to the top of my wish list. Plus Clinique is one of those brands on which a girl can rely upon always deliver.

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My Beauty Uniform: Jo Tutchener-Sharp, Founding Partner of Beauty Seen PR

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JoStellaLowResAs someone who has worked in the beauty industry for over 16 years and has founded her own highly-respected beauty PR company, Beauty Seen PR, representing some of the best brands on the planet (Carita, Shiseido and Revlon – to name but a few), Jo Tutchener-Sharp knows everything there is to know about skincare and make-up. Moreover, as mum to 16-month old Sonny, she has become an expert on how to look great when time is short and a small person is pulling feverishly at your ankle. For inside tips on the products to use to leave you looking awake, fresh and perky (even when you’re not), then Jo is most definitely your woman. Over to you Jo….

“I’ve always loved beauty products.  The beautiful colours, amazing array of scents and intricate packaging have always captured my attention, as did the power these products had as to how they make you feel.  I can remember spending hours in the garden as a child making perfume from petals and still remember how I felt the first time my mum brought me my first cleanser, toner and moisturizer (I took great care over my little skincare routine, I was so proud!!)  I still remember the excitement when the Avon lady knocked on the door, looking through the catalogue excitedly with my sisters having been told we could order one product each.

My mum gave me her Estee Lauder solid perfume compact when I went to university, so when I missed her, I could open it and pretend she was with me.  That shows you the power of perfume.  It’s still one of my most treasured possessions to this day and lives on my bedside table.  Beauty goes a lot deeper than people think.”

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Jo and Sonny

My Beauty Uniform

I wear neutral make up during the day, my aim is a flawless face with lightly defined eyes.  I add a smoky eye in the evening and when the mood takes me, or a bright lip.  I don’t wear blue eyeliner just because it’s been used on the catwalk or Cheryl Cole wears it. I wear what I know suits me.  I am a sucker for nail trends though, I love a bright/bold nail…you can be a bit more adventurous on your nails.

I do follow skincare trends and am always keen to try new products and potions.  I am still at the stage where I am hoping a product will reverse the signs of ageing and I have seen the difference a decent skincare routine makes to your skin firsthand.  I recently had a baby and spent the first year in a fog thanks to a severe lack of sleep, so could only usually muster the energy to swish a face wipe across my chops and apply a quick slather of moisturizer and that was job done.  And boy could you tell……my beloved 7-step skincare routine was no more, neither was my glowing luminous skin.

The lack of sleep didn’t help, but stopping caring for my skin was also a huge part of the deterioration.  If we have another child, I will find time to look after my skin, I have seen the difference a bit of tender loving care and using decent skincare products makes and will never let myself make the same mistake again.

Skincare

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Sensational Soft Cleanser, £11.50, Rituals; Jelly Aquarysta, £26 for 15g, Astalift; Aromessence Neroli serum, £44, Decleor

My routine changes but at the moment during the day I use Rituals Sensational Soft Cleanser, Shiseido Future Solution LX Softener, Decleor Aromessence Neroli serum, Astalift Jelly Aquarysta (a moisturiser), Decleor Hydra Floral Moisturiser and Carita Supreme Wrinkle Solution Eye Contour Pro for my eyes.

At night, I used NARS’ Double Refining Exfloliator, Cowshed Evening Primrose Facial Oil, Indeed Laboaratories – Pepta-Bright cream serum (great for evening skin-tone) and Hydraluron moisture booster, Carita Ideal Hydration Lagoon Rich Cream and Astalift’s Nurturing Eye Cream.

I also love SkinCeuticals and Estee Lauder products.

Facials

I love Decleor facials. One of my friends judged how great her Decleor facial was by the fact she got chatted up on the tube on the way home from her facial wearing no make up! I also have SkinCeuticals facials at Cowshed. For a treat and for a big night out I have a Carita Pro Lift Facial as this dramatically lifts your face – they do one side of your face first to show you the difference.  It is pretty amazing.

Make-up

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BB Cream, £29, Decleor; Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser, £28, NARS

Having beautiful skin can make a huge difference to your appearance. Even, luminous and healthy looking skin is essential to an overall polished look. I don’t like skin caked in make up, I like to be able to see my skin and just enhance, illuminate and cover imperfections.

I find that using the Decleor Aromessence Neroli (facial oil) leaves my skin with such a lovely glow that I don’t always need a foundation, but I do love the Decleor BB cream and NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser. I like to apply the NARS Pore refining primer to create an even base before my BB or Tinted Moisturiser.

Concealer

The best concealer is the new NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It is the perfect consistency for dark circles, redness and spots. It really is a genius product.  Sudocrem is great on spots too if you catch them early enough. I like the Shiseido Translucent Powder to finish.

Blush/Bronzer

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Bronzer, £26, NARS; Afternoon tea blush, £xx, Topshop

I use NARS Laguna Bronzer which I dust over the top of my forehead, cheekbones and a light dust over my nose, basically anywhere the sun would naturally tan, and Topshop Make Up Blush in Afternoon Tea on the apples of my cheeks.

Highlighter

I love the new Topshop Make Up All Over Glow, which is an illuminator with tiny particles so you don’t end up with a glittery disco ball face which is never a good look.  I sometimes use this on its own over my NARS primer with no need for a base.

Eyes

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Soft Touch Eye Shadow pencil in Hollywoodland, £18, NARS; ColorStay Eyeliner, £6.29, Revlon; Slate eyeliner, £4, Topshop

I start with the NARS Soft Touch Eye Shadow Pencil in Hollywoodland over my eyelids, all the way up to my brows.  It is a soft gold cream, which evens and illuminates. I then use Topshop Eyeliner in Slate all around my eyes to define, this is a soft grey so doesn’t look too harsh. I then add a layer of Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black or NARS Night Clubbing Eye Shadow for a more defined look for the evening or if I feel like a stronger eye look. I also use lashings of mascara. I am currently using Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara.

Lips

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Colorburst Lip Butter, £7.99, Revlon; Petillant lipgloss, Chanel; Schiap lipstick, £18.50, NARS

I am very fickle when it comes to lips as I am a little obsessed with lipgloss/lip stick so am always trying something new.  My current favourites are Topshop Lip Gloss in Surf Luxe (gloss, but not sticky, more balmy texture), Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Lollipop (bright pink but sheer like a tinted balm) and Chanel Lip Gloss in 159 Petillant for the day. At night-time I love NARS Schiap Lipstick (perfect bright pink lipstick)

QUICK TIP – Make-up artist Ruby Hammer once gave me this tip, which works a treat. Take a q-tip and small amount of Vaseline and massage your lips before applying lipstick. It gets rid of those unsightly dry bits that lipstick can accentuate.

Nails
I am big on pedicures and have regular pedicures at Cowshed (the best pedicures in town!) I usually go for a very bright/fluro pink/coral or orange on my toes. I’m tempted to try bright yellow or turquoise this summer though but may wait until I have brown feet.  I don’t get manicures as I don’t have time to maintain the colour since having my baby and I hate chipped nail varnish.

Hair

Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, £7.19, Toni&Guy

Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, £7.19, Toni&Guy

I get cut and colour with Mathew Alexander at his Atelier in London every 3 months. He has cut/coloured my hair for around 15 years and I love the everything about him – his salon, his personality and what he does for my hair. Product-wise I love the Toni & Guy Hair meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray which is great for adding texture to my hair when I haven’t had time to blow dry it and Volume Plumping Whip which is great for adding volume to my roots which can tend to be a little flat. Although, I usually have my hair pinned back in a top knot.

Body

Grumpy Cow bath & body oil, £xx, The Cowshed

Grumpy Cow bath & body oil, £20, The Cowshed


I love the Rituals Tao exfoliator and am obsessed with Cowshed oils, I use Grumpy Cow Oil every night after my bath and it leaves my skin hydrated and unbelievably soft.  Smells great too.

I am a big fan of the gradual tan, a single layer of a gradual tan on your face can make such a difference to your skin, not just hiding imperfections but lifting your whole complexion.  I love James Read Sleep Mask Tan for my face and Shiseido Daily Bronze Moisturizing Emulsion for my body.  Both provide the perfect colour, not too dark and not orange!

Fluide de Beaute, £xx, Carita

Fluide de Beaute 14, £45, Carita

One of my no1 top beauty products of all time is Carita’s Fluide de Beaute 14, which is a dry oil which smells absolutely divine and makes my skin baby soft.  I wish they would launch a perfume in the scent as it is my perfect fragrance.

Day to day I love Jergens Daily Moisturiser, it smells so fresh and clean and makes skin feel so soft immediately. I always carry a mini tube of this in my bag and use it on my hands and arms throughout the day.

INSIDER TIP: A little secret…I’m not sure if this brand is available in the UK yet, but I got it from Sephora in the US and it is called Dermadoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Moisturizing Therapy for dry skin.  I used to have little bumps on my upper arms for years and this product totally got rid of it after just a few uses.

Fragrance

Jo Loves...Pink Vetiver, £95, Jo Loves

Jo Loves…Pink Vetiver, £95, Jo Loves

I love Jo Malone Grapefruit, Stella McCartney Rose perfume, and at night I like Jo Loves Pink Vetiver (from Jo Malone’s new company) Le Labo Rose 31 or Le Labo Santal. I am always on the look out for my perfect scent. One of my favourite things is discovering new fragrance brands and I can spend hours in Liberty’s fragrance hall. Used to love the perfume by Chloe, I wore it for years and thought I’d found the one! But, when suffering with morning sickness, for some reason it made me feel worse and now two years on the smell still turns my stomach.

Le Labo, Rose 31, £138, Liberty

Le Labo, Rose 31, £138 for 100ml, Liberty

Jo and Sonny

Jo and Sonny

And finally…

You should check out Astalift which is a new skincare line which is pretty amazing with technology by Fujifilm. It is huge in Japan and has a cult following over here already. Also watch out for a new product coming to market from Indeed Laboratories later in the year (makers of Nanoblur…stocked in Boots) which is going to be huge.

Cowshed are launching a new brand later this year too, a cheeky little sister to the Cowshed brand which is going to be a first of it’s kind…as usual from the Soho House team it is a brilliant concept. Very cool.

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Perfect Skin? Aka BB v CC: the face-off

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Despite over a decade spent working at glossy magazines, I remain fairly clueless when it comes to the mysterious world of beauty. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good unguent as much as the next girl, and have the bathroom cabinet to prove it (plus the designated egg section in my fridge is dominated by nail varnish).

My latest beauty-related puzzlement can be summed up thus: what the bejesus is a CC cream? I had just about got to grips with BB (blemish balm) cream – I dutifully slap it on every day and love the whole ‘better skin without looking caked in make-up’ thing – and now this. Argh. Confused of W&W.

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