Latest Skincare Posts

My Holiday Skincare Dream Team
  This little skincare trio worked so well for my skin when I was away in Greece. A little something pre-SPF (the Decleor Tan Activator Serum, in the little glass bottle) and then something balmy and soothing for afterwards, when all of the sunscreen and sand and salty sea-water had been cleansed away. That would be the Decleor High Repair […] read more...
Thirst-Quenching Beauty for End-of-Summer Skin.
Some thirst-quenching skincare bits to see us through the last of the warm weather. I’m actually off on my hols soon (I have never been so glad to have some time away!) and will definitely be slathering these on to keep my skin hydrated and comfortable. We have, from left to right: 1) The Hyaluronic Concentrate from Hand Chemistry. This big bottle […] read more...
How to Wear Makeup on Blemish-Prone Skin...
  Smashbox’s Photo Finish Blemish Control Primer has been very swiftly promoted to my “hall of fame” level – or “holy grail” status, as I think the proper term might be these days. It’s outstanding, this primer, in that it addresses a concern that deeply affects many women but it does this without going in for any overblown […] read more...
Wild Rose Beauty Balm: A True Multitasker
I can’t actually remember what prompted me to use this beauty balm as a cleanser; I had always seen it knocking about in online reviews and videos and assumed that it was a kind of moisturiser. A bit like the Decleor balms that you heat between your palms and press over the skin. (It’s that […] read more...
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Latest Food Posts

Which Supplements Should I Be Taking?
I must tell you that I get thoroughly confused when it comes to supplements. No longer is a simple multivitamin enough; a new superfood or magical health-improving tablet seems to be added to the long list of nutritional “must-haves” every week. And I used to be really sceptical about them, until I saw the benefits […] read more...
Fridge Scraps Pasta: Goat's Cheese and Juicy Cherry Tomatoes
A quick throw-together recipe for a goat’s cheese, cherry tomato and basil penne dish – or, as I like to call it, Fridge Scraps Pasta. The first name is probably more appetising, but it seems only fair to refer to this recipe as to what it really is, which is a hunger-panicked chuck-it-all-in-the-pan affair. I seem […] read more...
Light Lunch: The Classic Greek Salad
Not really a recipe, more an idea. A passing thought. Namely: how amazing is a Greek salad when you haven’t had one in a while? I get sick of feta cheese very easily, especially when I go to Greece on holiday and have it for virtually every meal, but after a bit of a feta hiatus I do enjoy […] read more...
The Bread-Free Breakfast: Herbed Mediterranean Frittata
I’ve been trying to cut down my bread intake. Which isn’t too much of a faff, apart from the fact that in the mornings I do tend to rely on being able to pop a couple of slices of wholegrain into the toaster and spread on some butter and honey. I can live without bread at any […] read more...
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Latest Makeup Videos

My Bronzed Holiday Makeup with Hot Red Lips
  I’m supposed to be on a self-imposed work ban on this holiday (I’m in Greece), but the other afternoon it started to pour down with rain and Mr AMR was watching old cowboy films on the television and so I decided to kill some time and make a quick beauty video. There’s only so much […] read more...
Youth-Infusing Foundation: Tried and Tested
Another foundation launch; this time it’s Estée Lauder with the Perfectionist Youth-Infusing Makeup. Foundations are just getting better and better; lightweight formulas, great coverage and glowy finishes that aren’t shimmery or reflective, but give the skin a “lit from within” kind of radiance. I know that many of you are keen for me to do a full […] read more...
My Brigitte Bardot Makeup Look
This year Max Factor are celebrating 100 Years of Glamour. It has been a whole hundred years since Mr Max Factor (real person!) launched his first ever cosmetic, his Flexible Grease Paint Foundation. Max Factor was a bit of a mover and a shaker in the makeup world; he was a big Hollywood makeup artist, working on all […] read more...
Budget Beauty: Best-Buy Makeup
I really need to get some kind of video-posting system going; I publish a video and then it takes me about five weeks to write about it! I am mid-way through a website re-structure (if you ever come to the site during the witching hours (2am-4am) you’ll no doubt see all kind of weird experiments […] read more...
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