Book review: The Killer Next Door

This is a hard book to review, because there are so many twists and turns, and I don’t want to give too much away. It centres around a house in South London that’s been converted to bedsits, and that’s owned by the landlord from hell. The bedsits are grotty, and the tenants pay cash in […]

simplehuman Illuminated Mirror

Like many people, I sailed through my twenties and thirties with near-perfect eyesight and then suddenly found myself aged 45 reading the newspaper at arm’s length. I’m pretty sure it’s Nature’s way of sparing you from seeing your chin hairs. Obviously, I decided to approach this deterioration in my vision positively and in the only […]

Book Review: We’ll Always Have Paris

    I was drawn to Emma Beddington’s book, We’ll Always Have Paris, for two reasons. Firstly, I’m a huge fan of her writing on her brilliant blog, Belgian Waffling, and secondly as a failed Parisienne myself, the sub-title “Trying and Failing to Be French” was always going to hook me in. We’ll Always Have Paris […]

How’s the pen obsession going then?

    So how’s the pen obsession going then? Why, really well thanks *pours more money into the coffers of Cult Pens* I suspect that if you drew a Venn diagram of beauty geeks and stationery freaks there would be a significant overlap. There’s perhaps something about the opening of the packaging around a new […]

Luxury bodycare : travel edition

    I wrote a piece recently for on my love of travel size minis. Apart from the fact that they look mega cute, they’re also an essential if you travel a lot shorthaul, as I do. I long ago gave up on checking baggage in and am obsessed with seeing how little I […]


It’s been a long, long time since I posted on here, and many of you know that’s because I’ve been up to my eyeballs working with Sali Hughes on our online launch, Last week we launched a video that Sali made on layering products. It’s a very worthwhile watch if you’ve ever been confused […]

Argo – DVD release

The Academy Award winning movie Argo is now out on DVD, and with an evening to ourselves for the first time in ages, we settled in to watch it. Those of you saw Saving Private Ryan way back when will remember D Day veterans saying that watching the movie was as close as it could […]

Beauty tips for new puppy owners

This might be a bit of a niche post, but in truth it applies to anyone who is finding themselves outdoors a bit in this colder weather. A year ago, a small, white fluffy furball landed in our lives. “People” had warned us that getting a puppy was like having a baby. Well, I’ve done […]

Batman: The Dark Knight Rises DVD review

I was lucky enough to be sent a little festive parcel from Warner Brothers which included the latest version of Batman on DVD. The Dark Knight Rises is the third in a trilogy (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises) of Batman movies starring Christian Bale, and is set 8 years after […]

Beautiful Berries

It’s December and I think the perfect time to break out the berry lipsticks. These are my four current favourites, and so (from left to right), here’s what is gracing my lips this Winter: 1. Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie. I have worn this to death this year hence the slightly battered tube and […]