FOLLOWING MY NOSE: MY QUEST TO IMPROVE MY SENSE OF SMELL
Inspiration to explore: a treasure-trove of samples from The Perfume Society
THE THIRD PERFUME SAMPLE that was passed round smelled of almost nothing. At least, of nothing nice. There was a thin, sharp whiff coming off it that reminded me of cheap soap. But when the rest of the group started talking about it, my jaw dropped. One after another, they waxed lyrical about the citrus top notes… and the unmistakeable, gloriously rich smell of sandalwood.
THREE FAB WINTER CLEANSERS
This cold wintry weather makes me want to reach for a rich, gentle, cossetting cleanser – the skincare equivalent of a cashmere jumper. Here are three great new ones.
OLE HENRIKSEN PURE TRUTH MELTING CLEANSER, £24, johnlewis.co.uk
A gel, oil and cream cleanser in one: Ole Henriksen
BRIGHTEN THAT BLONDE. OR BRUNETTE…
Creating magic with colour brushes: Debbie Bhowmik
Debbie Bhowmik is one of London’s best hair colourists though she’s not one of the hair world’s big names — for which I’d blame her gentle personality and remarkable lack of ego.
Last time I saw her and asked her what’s new, she said that the thing that’s really creating a colour-buzz in Michaeljohn, where she’s working now, is a vitamin-C based brightening treatment.
CODE VLM MASCARA
Mascara magic: Code VLM
The other week, at the Look Good Feel Better ‘Theatre of Beauty’ event at Harvey Nichols, I was asked a question about ‘What’s the best mascara?’ (how long is a piece of string? Some of the many I love include Maybelline Great Lash for a clean, natural look, Diego Dalla Palma’s Mascara Tecnico Semi-Permanente for its heavy blackness, and Eyeko’s Sport Waterproof Mascara which simply doesn’t budge, even when I’m cycling around London in the rain).
Who to watch in natural beauty for 2015
Top pick: Kirstie Sherriff of Pinks Boutique
The names of the 2015 Who’s Who in natural beauty top 25 personalities, as voted for by the industry, have just been released. And they are:
1. Kirstie Sherriff, co-founder of Pinks Boutique
2. Sonia White, managing director of Amarya and LoveLula
3. Alexander and Kim Barani, co-founders of Kinetic Enterprises
4. Rebecca Goodyear, founder of Rebecca Goodyear PR
5. Janey Lee Grace, journalist and author
6. Sarah Brown, owner of Pai Organic Skincare