Skincare

  • Need a beauty tune-up?

    It’s officially spring, so this is the ideal time of year to do some beauty pampering and maintenance. After months of plunging temperatures and fierce central heating coupled with my sheer abject laziness on everything beauty self-help related, I find it’s around now that my nails, hair and skin all need some serious TLC.

    So where to start? I asked beauty professional Michelle Holland, from The Nail and Body Boutique in Reigate for some expert advice. And you’ll be pleased to hear that Michelle isn’t going to tell you to get lots of sleep and drink lots of water (tell us something we don’t know *yawn*) – instead, she has some properly useful tips on how to give yourself a winter beauty MOT.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    Wowsa, look at this rebrand! That embarrassed finger sweeping into your Vaseline tin can now be a dramatic wave-around and share, thanks to Lulu Guinness’ Limited Edition version…

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    This little beauty, Vanderohe No. 1 Nourishing Face Serum (£88), is absolutely brand spanking new – you’re literally the first to know about this indie beauty brand that launches on 1 Feb…

  • 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.

  • Wouldn’t you though?

    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.

  • Wow! A luxury Environ 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.

    • Wouldn’t you though?

      I know there are more important things in life than pretty packaging, but the classic blue bottle of Neal’s Yard Remedies lotions gets me every time. And this collaboration with Deliciously Ella – the queen of healthy eating – is rather, um, delish.

    • Watch this: Spike Jonze’s bonkers Kenzo ad

      Do you have a spare three minutes? Well, you might want to make the time to see this. It’s a perfume advert from Japanese brand Kenzo, but it’s seriously unlike any you’ve seen before – about as polar opposite to the breathy, randy escapism that we’re so often expected to put up with – a […]

      • Wouldn’t you though?

        Get ready to buff those windows! Just kidding, it’s a fragrance not a window cleaner. First Donald Trump and now this. The world’s gone mad.

      • Brilliant make-up ad – watch this!

        Have you seen this from Japanese beauty brand Shiseido? It’s been around for a while, but it’s super cool. It’s called High School Girl?, and it shows the incredibly transformative power of make-up – and then some. If you haven’t seen it, well here’s your chance. Very clever stuff.  

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