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!
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.
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Oh Your Lash is an online store selling luxury faux mink and silk lashes and glitters. They are 100% cruelty free. Their glitters and lashes are a favourite with MUA’s and the looks that you can create are endless. All products are lovingly created and shipped worldwide, perfect for party season.
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Janna is dedicated to creating beautiful skin and they believe that beauty is natural and beauty is confidence. Their products are of the highest quality and purity to help you achieve the skin you want.
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.
We have put together some of our favourite smoothie recipes, which all contain foods that have properties to help your skin and hair, they are great for Summer. We all know that food is so essential for our skin, these smoothies all contain lots of superfoods and Vitamin C, which is a vital ingredient in getting you healthy skin from the inside.
Acne breakouts are a common problem for everyone of any age or gender. Breakouts not only include symptoms such as inflamed skin and red pimples and blemishes, as well as damage to self-esteem, but can also leave long-lasting scars and discolouration. Often these scars are a telltale sign that somebody has had a long battle with acne breakouts, with many wondering whether their skin will ever give them a break and heal properly. Luckily, there are many ways to not only prevent acne scarring, but also reduce and remove acne scars to leave your face looking bright and blemish-free once again.
After a long, harsh Winter season, you’ve probably noticed that the weather has done a number on your hair. Freezing temperatures, combined with dry air and high winds, can leave hair looking and feeling dry, damaged, and dull.
Researchers from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have made a major breakthrough in the healing of wounds. The team of scientists created water-soluble collagen from the scales of fish and published their findings in Acta Biomaterialia, an international peer-reviewed journal.
Many of us have a hard time taking care of our nails properly – we often try to cover them up with nail polish and other products in order to hide our less than stellar nails. Our nails are more important than many think – they can signal health problems like vitamin deficiencies and even infections.
Your closest encounter with an aloe vera plant may have been snipping off a bit and using it on a sunburn. But the gel of the aloe plant isn’t just good for soothing sunburns – it helps to maintain skin health, can provide relief for rashes, and help your skin heal from scarring and minor wounds.
Collagen is the main component of skin and connective tissue – it forms up to 70% of both. The normal aging process starts to happen when collagen stores start to break down in our bodies. Collagen degradation usually starts in your thirties, but can happen faster or sooner due to environmental factors.
Collagen is one of the basic building blocks joints, skin and other connective tissues. Taking collagen in a liquid supplement form, as we’ve covered here, helps the body to recover lost collagen which naturally decreases during the aging process.
Collagen is an ingredient in many supplements, including supplements for skin and joint health. Collagen is a key ingredient in connective tissue, which includes joints, skin and hair. But does it make a difference if you take it in pill or liquid form?
You may have seen collagen as a prominent ingredient in many beauty products, from moisturizers to collagen supplements. What is it, and why are we seeing it in so many beauty products? Let’s break it down.
Grapes are a tasty treat, but they also can contribute to healthy skin. And don’t skip the seeds – that’s where many of the beneficial compounds are found.
Collagen has long been revered in Asian beauty products and medicine cabinets as a “fountain of youth” ingredient which can support skin health, and it is making its way to the Western world as Korean beauty treatments are growing in popularity globally.
Smoothies are much more than a passing fad, especially since those who drink them realize quickly that they are not just delicious, but a great way to get vitamins and minerals that you may not otherwise. But did you know adding certain ingredients to your smoothies can help with certain conditions? While doing so won’t cure them by any means, every little bit helps.
If you’re running, you already see the benefits that regular exercise has for your skin. But there are special considerations that runners should take into account to preserve and maintain your healthy “runner’s glow”.
Summer is the best time of year for enjoying the sun. Lying on a beach, getting the family outdoors, and outdoor workouts and runs are just some of the ways we enjoy it. But the sun and heat can present problems for your skin, which are easily defended against with some sunscreen and a rock-solid cleaning regimen.
While curry is a simmered, delightful mix of a number of different spices, turmeric is responsible for its characteristic taste. Turmeric has been used in cultures around the world, particularly in India, as a culinary spice and for its purported health benefits.
B-Complex Vitamins have recently been receiving attention in the dermatology and beauty industries, thanks to the many potential benefits of this family of vitamins. B-Complex Vitamins like Niacin, Biotin, B5, B12, and B6 have shown the potential to help maintain healthy hair and skin.
Spring is right around the corner, and with it comes the need for sun protection. While wearing sunscreen is the safest way to ensure your skin is protected, we’ve compiled a list of eight natural foods that also help to shield your skin from the sun.
You don’t need botox or a similarly expensive cosmetic surgery treatment to get a healthy glow. Stimulating collagen production will naturally have similar effects over time. So what is collagen, and how can you get more of it naturally?
The cold can really take the glow out of your skin during the winter months. Being indoors in dry climates, the stresses of cold on the skin, and a lack of vitamin D are all culprits – but it is possible to make your skin spring-fresh after a long winter.
When the cold weather hits, our entire bodies dry out. Just as you double up on the lotion for your skin in the winter, you have to pay attention to your hair to ensure that it stays healthy.
Asian women are known worldwide for their youthful appearance and glowing skin. This is largely attributable to diet and thousands of years of various folk remedies and beauty treatments.
Maintaining healthy nails may seem like a chore, but most of the reasons that you can get brittle nails or cracked nails are very avoidable. For example, one of the biggest reasons nails become weak is because of lack of moisture.
Hair loss is extremely common and experts are constantly searching for new to slow or prevent the progress of balding. 40% of men age 35 will have noticeable hair loss and it only becomes more prevalent with age, and while women are less commonly affected, 80% will show hair loss symptoms by age 60.
Fun Being Mum beauty blogger tried our supplements and found them to be great hair growth vitamins for women. Of course they are designed to have supportive minerals and vitamins for hair, nails and skin for both men and women. Hair growth vitamins for women are often not talked about though so here are her words on the subject.
In a bid to improve the clarity and hydration of my skin, plus tackling regular break outs, I decided to give LQ Liquid Health a go.
In the UK, the summer is a time to be cherished. For a fleeting few weeks every year, the clouds part and the sun is there for all to see. After the long, dark winters, and disappointingly damp springs, it’s hardly surprising that we head out in our droves to soak up the sun’s rays while we can. And, while all this UV light might be incredibly good for the soul, it’s not quite so good for your skin or collagen levels.
Profound changes occur in the skin during aging, the dermis being the site of the most substantial histological and biological changes.
While the skin continues to synthesise collagen fibres, the production of new ones declines over time.
Collagen synthesis in the fibroblasts (which are the body’s natural collagen producers) decreases for two reasons: a decrease in the rate of fibroblast renewal with age and an associated decrease in the amount of collagen secreted by these cells.
Around 40 percent of women will experience some form of hair loss by the age of 50 due to hormonal changes.
Temporary hair loss can also be triggered by stress, poor diet and weight loss.
LQ nutritional expert Helen Drake gives her advice on how to maintain healthy skin, looking at external factors and how to keep your skin healthy from within.
Over the period of our lives our skin is exposed to a multitude of stressors such as UV light, pollution, cosmetics not to mention things we consume such as alcohol, caffeine, sugar or simply a lack of water and nutrients.
Japan is a world leader in inventive technology in all sorts of areas. In recent years, the range of anti-aging products on the market has been a huge area of expansion in the Japanese market The innovation that has brought this surge is a new wave of liquid health supplements the Japanese drink to supplement their diet.
The world can be a harsh place sometimes, especially for our skin. From pores plagued by pollution, chapped skin from strong winds, to premature ageing caused by UV damage, our skin has to stand up to a lot in everyday life. That’s why it’s so important to give it the care it deserves with easy changes like getting sleep or eating foods good for skin.