Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015






Sleeping your way to better skin.

Sleep your way to better skin: Illuminage pillow case, from the Ponds Institute


Can a pillow case really change the look of your skin in just 4 weeks?

That’s the amazing claim the Pond’s Institute are making about its new pillow case, which accompanies the Illuminage skincare range.  It’s polyester fibres are embedded with copper oxide which release copper ions onto your skin as you sleep, to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Posted on Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Margaret Dabbs – Fabulous Hands


Margaret Dabbs –  Fabulous Hands

Fabulous Hands: Margaret Dabbs' new hand-care range

Fabulous Hands: Margaret Dabbs’ new hand-care range


Clever Margaret Dabbs. Not only has she almost single-handedly made the medical pedicure a fashionable must-have over the past 15 years and established her own range of super-effective footcare products that are a treat to use… she is now launching a ‘Fabulous Hands; a premium hand-care range. The products all have a bunch of hardworking ingredients including the emu oil that Margaret loves (very hydrating as it’s full of essential fatty acids, and it’s anti-inflammatory, to boot)  and they smell delicious – a light, orangey blend of geranium and mandarin.

Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015


I’ve been trying…




Overnight lip booster: Ioma

Overnight lip booster: Ioma’s Lip Lift

Another high-tech, cleverly formulated product from Ioma with an advanced active ingredient complex’ including such delights as the patented ‘Volulip’ which the company says ‘mimics the effects of hyaluronic acid injections to recreate lip volume and redefine contours’. Wow. That’s a big claim.

Posted on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

The Life Class – learning to be a life coach

 The Life Class: I’m certified

lifeclss cert


One thing I’ve been doing since the start of the year is studying to be a life coach with The Life Class, an online coaching school set up by the brilliant life coach and hypnotherapist Jacqueline Hurst. I’ve been blogging about it week by week on if you want the full story. In brief, it’s been quite a journey, alternately fascinating and hugely challenging. I’ve learned a great deal – both about my own mind, and how to help other people manage theirs. And as of yesterday, I’ve passed the assessments and am certified. Yup, I’m proud. And yes, as with learning to drive, I know that there’s a lot more learning to come once I’m out there practising on my own.

Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015



Charm school


The jewelled chignon: photo by Lucas Flores Piran for Redken

Guido’s  jewelled chignon: photo by Lucas Flores Piran for Redken


Dolce & Gabbana’s A/W15 runway show celebrated mothers and la familglia, and the hair looks created by Redken Global Creative Director Guido to go with the clothes were (of course) gorgeous. What I particularly like about them is that unlike most catwalk hair, this doesn’t look so impossible to achieve. First, make yourself a loose chignon in whatever way you can, then stick in any pretty, showy brooches and clips that you have to hand.