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  • Beauty Pie – your new beauty BBF

    Beauty Pie is *the* cult skin, hair and make-up brand everyone's talking about.

  • Try this: hot lava shell massage

    Lava shells. Have you used them? Similar to a hot stone massage, only much improved, the hot lava shell massage, has been attracting a lot of attention. They’ve been around a while and I always thought they were a bit gimmicky, so gave them the meh treatment, but what do I know?! Ellie Goulding, Pixie Lott and Sir Richard B are all fans - and so, it turns out, am I.

  • Seeing clearly

    I'm loving this new skin care range for teenagers that contains no junk and uses all natural ingredients. My mudette has been trialling it, and she's a convert.

  • A luxury facial that works wonders

    There are some undeniable benefits to writing Muddy Stilettos. A legitimate excuse to wear elasticated trousers for food reviewing purposes. Walking 5 metres from bedroom to office (known until 8.55am as the kitchen table). Seeing more musicals than is strictly necessary for theatrical reviews. And perhaps, more than anything, trying out facials.

  • The Muddy tresses are tamed

    Have you seen my hair? It's crazy hair. Long. Thick. Curlyish. Untamable. But I had an Olaplex treatment, and these tresses got tamed.

  • Inspirations: gorgeous handmade gifts

    I came across a gift shop in Dorking recently and I wanted to tell you about it. Not just because it’s stocked with gorgeous handcrafted goodies, although that is true, but because the shop is called Inspirations, and it’s staffed and run by a group of people who really are inspirational. I popped in to […]

  • Day tripper: Chobham

    Do you know your Chobham from your Cobham? Be honest. I know I’m not the only one. I confess that until recently, I thought they were one and the same. But then they’re not a million miles apart (12 actually), both demographically and geographically. But while Cobham has been nicknamed the Beverley Hills of Britain (with more […]

  • Scents of occasion

    If the look of these little beauties don’t do it for you, the fragrance certainly will. They’re utterly divine. And you’ll thank me for introducing you. They’re by Deco London, a shiny new British perfume house that’s totally devoted to the revival of 1920s fragrances. There are six fragrances, divided equally between the sexes, with […]

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