I’m currently a Fashion and Beauty Journalist at The Independent. I started my journalism career only 2.5 years ago after I quit my job in finance. I initially hadn’t planned on becoming a journalist; I fell into it. I knew I had a passion for writing and storytelling, so I launched a mental health and fitness blog which was created as a platform for people who had mental health problems to share their story. I realised how rewarding it was and didn’t look back.
I cut my teeth on the news desk and sports desks at The Evening Standard before moving to The Independent, covering current affairs and lifestyle. Often I feel like a fraud because it doesn’t feel like work even on the bad days, but I also feel fortunate, too.
I’ve found it challenging getting people to take me and what I do seriously. I get a lot of people – men, specifically – being patronising and saying “you just write about lipsticks, that’s not journalism”, but it is. Like current affairs and politics, I too have to conduct research, interview and hold people in power to account. I also have to ensure my work is accurate at all times. Plus, beauty isn’t just about lipsticks. It encompasses a variety of things, such as fitness, mental health, wellbeing, inner and outer beauty, and science – my favourite part!
God, there are so many.
Noemie Lenoir, who used to model for Le Redoute and Marks & Spencer, is just breathtakingly beautiful. She’s naturally beautiful completely makeup-free, and that’s the kind of thing I love.
I love Sai De Silva aka Scout The City who is a blogger and YouTuber. She’s a super cool mom living in New York City with her husband and two children, London and Rio Dash, sharing their pretty normal (yet glamorous) lives. I came across her on Pinterest when I was searching for hair inspiration, and I’ve been in touch with her a few times. What I love about her is the fact that she juggles a million jobs, kids and shoots (and the rest) yet still manages to fit her skincare and haircare routines. But not only for herself. She has this beautiful way of teaching her children to love themselves. She radiates good energy so an Instagram worth following.
I know it might seem cliché to mention this individual, but Meghan Markle has been on the icon list since I saw her on Suits many years ago. She is stunningly beautiful, natural-looking but also has a kind heart and that’s important.
I wish I believed I was beautiful with my naturally curly hair. I was severely bullied at school for having curly/afro hair and was often nicknamed “Mop Head”. It may not seem like a big deal, but it affected me throughout my formative years, especially as – in those days *gulp* – there weren’t many celebrities or public figures who looked like me, only white women with bone straight hair and blue eyes. Often I was told my hair would look better straight or it was too unkempt or frizzy for school or college…or work. I only recently started embracing my natural curls; something I wish I had done sooner. But there has been a shift in attitudes towards “other” people, and finally, we are being celebrated.
I don’t wear a lot of makeup. Most days I don’t wear any. I hate having to take it all off, but I realised the more you try to cover your blemishes with makeup, the less your skin has time to heal because it is continuously being clogged up. I always wear an SPF that protects my skin from UVA and UVB rays and carry it around with me at ALL times, even on the cloudiest days. Exfoliating and applying masks are part of my weekly routine without fail, and I always microneedle my face on Sunday evenings. Last year I started steaming my face because it felt good; that’s all!
Eat whatever you want and stop using face wipes.
Like a glove. Sometimes I even put gel eye masks on at work, people think I’m crazy but needs must! Whenever I need a little afternoon pick-me-up, which is every day because my job can be stressful, a little TLC is necessary.
When it comes to nails, I’m not that fussed. I think it’s because I play a lot of sports and I also play the guitar, so often there’s no point getting my nails done professionally at the salon because I will break/chip them. But also, I am SO indecisive about nail colours I spend a lot of time giving myself a manicure, painting my nails then a few days later doing it all over again because I want to paint them another colour to go with my outfit. I suppose it does reflect my mood also. I do love giving myself a manicure while watching the telly; it’s so therapeutic!
My hair takes up most of my time. Because I have curly hair, I have a particular routine that can vary between a wash n go or crying until it stops being frizzy. Kidding, but I use a diffuser after I’ve combed product through it (usually Cantu and Sisley hair oils) and let it do its thing. I’ve given up trying to tame it these days.
Can I be sincere, and you’ll think I’m mad here (I am) but I’ve packed a full suitcase of beauty products and forgotten the essentials, like my underwear. Keeping up with my skincare routine abroad is a priority because I like to ensure I have that time to myself, even if I’m travelling for work or with friends. My method is a ritual and is a holy period of self-care. I couldn’t live without it, so if I didn’t bring anything with me well, I’d be a mess. I dedicate 30-45 minutes in the morning, and the evening, I take the same amount of time but with added bath time and meditation. When I speak to people about their skincare routines, sometimes they tell me they don’t have enough time in the day, but I think that’s a total cop-out. You can make the time; it doesn’t take long at all!
New years resolutions are something to be celebrated. You are starting the year on the right foot and wanting to better yourself is such a positive step. Unfortunately, the ‘actually doing it’ is a lot harder than the ‘wanting to do it’. Some statistics suggest that 80% of people who make resolutions are already off track by February. So how do you stay in the successful 20%?
When January comes around, you may want to change up your beauty routine. Your skin may have suffered from lots of parties and not a lot of sleep, so you may find yourself needing a little bit extra care. It would be great to stay in party mode forever, but here’s how to hit the reset button on your life the easy way.
If you are looking for an easy festive drink which also has ingredients to look after your skin and overall health, then look no further. We’ve put together our favourite Christmassy mocktails! Which will provide for a joyous occasion while helping to keep you looking and feeling your best.
In the winter, your body needs a more wholesome breakfast to keep you going till lunch. These recipes are not only packed full of nutrients to fuel you through the morning, but they will also help contribute to healthy skin, hair and nails. Keep reading to follow our simple recipes for your best breakfast yet.
Jumpers, coats, scarfs are all brought out at this time of year, but make sure you aren’t ignoring your body’s outermost layer. Your skin and hair routines need to change from summer to winter. If you want to ensure your skin is looked after and your hair is glossy, you first need to know the effect winter has on your body.
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People say that your fingernails are one of the first things people notice, so you want to make a good impression. Unfortunately, a lot of us suffer from cracked, brittle nails so we’eve put a post together with some tips on how to get your nails in good health and looking perfectly manicured all the time.
I’m currently the Commissioning Editor at Blogosphere. I actually started working for the magazine two and a half years ago as Editorial Assistant (it was my first job after completing my Journalism Diploma) and I’ve learnt a lot during my time here. I actually first applied for the Editorial Assistant job after seeing it advertised on Twitter, and my experience of writing a blog and organising events helped me to get the job.
I find it really hard to keep up to date with everything! There are new launches daily, so trying to share that on my blog can be really tricky. Therefore, I try to make sure my content is a combination of new product reviews and more evergreen advice and tips.
Keep it simple! All you really need is a good cleanser and moisturiser – that’s it! My favourite combination is Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish and Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin Enriched Face Base.
They’re really easy to take in the morning, so I like to have mine with breakfast.
Split ends – They ruin a ponytail, cause problems with brushing and are the wrong side of your blow dry. We all know how to get rid of them, book a haircut, but until you have time and are safely in the salon chair, we’ve put together some tips to help buy you some time. Split ends are the result of damage to your hair, so you need to reduce suffering to prevent them.
As Autumn begins and the mornings get darker, it is common for productivity to decrease. With that in mind, we wanted to put together some tips on being motivated. Let’s face it, getting out of bed is hard.
Please read on to find our top tips on how you can get out of bed earlier and make the most of your day.
We sat down with Mattie, who is a successful journalist and blogger with words in Stylist, Metro and even Women’s Health, we chatted about how she got into her current role, who she sees as beauty icons and how she uses supplements to support her skin, hair and nails. Grab a cup of tea and read on.
You have to change up your wardrobe every season, so this shouldn’t it be the same for your skincare routine. In preparation for Autumn, we all start buying jumpers and coats, but very few people change their skincare routine to keep skin radiant as the weather cools down.
Here are our top tips on what you should be doing as the seasons’ change.
When you are in a rush, it can sometimes mean skipping breakfast, which is not a good idea. Breakfast boosts your metabolism, keeps your blood sugar’s stable. We know it can be hard to find the time or energy, so we’ve put together five of our favourite, quick and nutritious breakfast ideas.
We all expect some wrinkles as we grow older. Your skin loses elasticity and gets fine lines, it’s natural. However, this process can be sped up (and slowed down) with lots of other factors.
Days get longer, and life gets better in the Summer. That is until you have to deal with the heat and how it affects your hair. The last thing you want to do is spend time doing your hair when spending time outside in the heat wave is going to ruin it. We’ve put together some Summer hairstyles and products to make your hair gorgeous.
It isn’t summer without a refreshing drink, and we’ve put together some of our favourite summer mocktail recipes and even made them daytime friendly.
These are our recipes for healthy and happy skin. They all contain lots of ingredients that are good for your body and great for your skin, so you can enjoy your summer drink of choice, knowing you are treating your body at the same time.
The UK is hot right now with this sizzling heatwave, which can take effect on our skin, hair, and nails, with humidity, pollution, hayfever and more exposure to UV rays, it’s even more important to give ourselves a little extra TLC.
If you love it or hate it, Love Island has gripped the nation for the past month and even we can’t resist keeping up with #Jani and how loyal Georgia is! But Love Island has taught us a lot of things about beauty and hair, so we wanted to share them with you.