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On this one-of-a-kind site you will find unbiased beauty reviews, fashion and lifestyle musings, makeup videos and the odd bit of nonsense, all from a proper working fashion model. I have been a model for over thirteen years now (you can read about me in the aptly named ‘About Me‘ section) and launched this site in May 2010 to give readers access to top tips, secret tricks and insider knowledge – things you can usually only find in expensive magazines.

Throughout my career I have developed a genuine and deep interest in skincare, cosmetics, diet and body maintenance. My career depends on me looking the best I can at all times, and so I am constantly on the prowl for bigger and better products that will lift, tone, brighten, polish and enhance. If they make the grade, they get written about on the hallowed (ha!) pages of A Model Recommends – if they’re rubbish, they go in the bin.

I don’t get paid to write good things about products – all of the work you see is my own, unbiased opinion. If I ever do get paid to post (a ‘sponsored’ post) then it will be clearly marked, but please be aware that I choose my sponsored work very carefully and work hard to make the content relevant and interesting. If a post is paid for it absolutely doesn’t mean that my good opinion has been bought – I value my credibility and the trust of my audience and wouldn’t do anything to jeopardise that. On a slightly different – but still related – note: I work for hundreds of different brands as a model but this doesn’t ever obligate me to write nice things about their products or the brand itself.

I get given products (both beauty and fashion) not only because I write about beauty and style for various publications, but because I’m a model and brands like to have models use and wear their products. I also, much to the dismay of my accountant, spend thousands and thousands of pounds every year on beauty products, clothes and accessories, so the products featured here on the site are a big mish-mash of purchases, samples and gifts. The way in which I have obtained a product in no way affects my opinion on it or the way it is featured.

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I take my responsibilities as the author of this site very seriously and research products as much as possible, however what suits my skin/complexion/eye-colour/body-shape/lifestyle might be terrible for yours so please be sensible when following recommendations. Always try something out in-store if you can or try to obtain a free sample if it’s skincare. If you have very sensitive skin then be extra careful and check ingredients before purchasing!

I am lucky enough to work with some of the world’s best hair and make-up artists as well as skincare experts, beauty editors and of course, fellow models, and A Model Recommends is a way for me to share this valuable information. I provide this site and any advice in it for free and I try to answer comments and reader requests for help in as much depth as I can. It’s not always possible, though, to give lengthy replies as I can get in excess of one hundred reader emails, questions and comments every day. Please don’t be offended if I can’t provide you with the detail you were hoping for.

Finally, I try to provide up-to-date pricing information and stockist links. They are always correct at the moment of publishing, but over time they will naturally be subject to some change. Most stockist links are affiliate links but this in no way affects you or the way in which I write about the featured products. Any specific brand affiliations, collaborations or partnerships will be clearly marked.


I hope you enjoy your time at A Model Recommends! Bookmark it or subscribe by email so that you never miss a post – there’s always something new every single day. If you have any questions leave a comment on the relevant post and I’ll try to answer it as soon as my one-woman team (me) gets around to it!

Ruth XXX

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Photo credits: Francois Durand for Dior. francoisdurand.com




  1. Kimberly Bringgold

    I would like to sign up for your daily emails. Thank you

  2. Jane Elizabeth amies

    Great blog! Can I subscribe please; I work hard and little time to go looking for beauty stuff so this is really fantastically useful to hear your thoughts and recommendations.

    Kind regards

  3. Michelle Parman-Lee

    Hi, I have enjoyed reading your blog, it was very informative. Could I please subscribe to your blogs so that I am updated.

    Also, what kind of exercise routine go you follow? You Look so fit! Cheers Michelle (from Adelside, South Australia)

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