Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Whenever I think of The Body Shop I get a warm fuzzy glow inside. We have all grown up with this very sincere and British brand that not only has loads of heart and a social consciousness. Their recent campaigns in helping to stop sex trafficking as well as helping communities around the world is what beauty is all about feeling and being beautiful from the inside out. On top of all that the products also really deliver and have iconic status, such as their lip smacking Body Butters to the fruity shower gels such as Fuzzy Peach and Green Apple that take me straight back to the 6th form in school listening to Blur and Oasis in the common room. Other happy Body Shop memories I have was when I meet my husband in the first year of university at 19 and I saw that he had their Passionfruit Cleansing Gel in his bathroom - I thought yes I can date this man - 15 years and twin baby girls later - the thought of it still makes me smile.

So last week when I was invited to attend and also filmed with my production company Couture Communications, www.couturecommunications.com at The Body Shop's massive global launch to announce their first ever Brand Ambassador Lily Cole I was beyond excited. The launch was held to celebrate and talk about their new Beauty with Heart Campaign, which Lily will be heading up and it's a movement inviting us all to - "Look Good, Feel Good and Do Good"- it was very inspiring. The launch was held at the Old Sorting Office in WC1 in the heart of London and was literally huge as the 120,000 square foot space was turned into a mad Willy Wonka style fun playground with all things The Body Shop. I had loads of fun playing in the Look Good room at the Shimmer Cube wall where you could custom make your own eyeshadow palettes with the help with the fabulous Chase Aston, The Body Shop's celebrity make up artist. At the Feel Good room there were hand massages with the wide array of different body butters and in the Do Good room we learned all about the campaigns and work we all can do to help make a difference. Well Done! Take a look at the film below to get a sneak peek of the launch.


I didn't think Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks, £18, www.bobbibrown.co.uk could get any better but it just did! This iconic multi-use cream blush, which can also be used on the lips, for a pigment rich yet balmy stain, has had a facelift, so to speak with new handbag friendly packaging. The Pot rouges now come in a sleek compact with a mirror - perfect for touch ups. One of Bobbi's favourite tricks is to add a fresh pop of blush to the apples of the cheeks at 4pm, when you not only feel like you're flagging, but your make up might be too. I'm loving the Chocolate Cherry and Raspberry shades, which looks great and very natural on darker skin tones. Calypso Coral looks amazing on sunny Cameron Diaz-esque blondes, English roses should grab the Power Pink shade while Pale Pink and Uber Beige looks beautiful on most skin tones. Kate Middleton is rumoured to be a Pale Pink blush fan. Now the sun is shining, cream blushes will add a touch of Spring/ Summer to your make up look. Enjoy!

Friday, 9 March 2012


Last night on the 8th (get it 8 for 8 hour cream) Elizabeth Arden celebrated their truly iconic handbag staple loved my millions of women around the world. A sultry New York night was re-created at the fabulous Grade II listed townhouse 29 Portland Place, otherwise known as my fantasy home, with a New York Jazz band and a rather impressive 7 ft ice sculpture of the statue of  Liberty. The townhouse was packed full of celebs such as Holly Valance and her engagement ring- teardrop and it's so huge it could land planes with a delicate wave of her hand, Tamara Ecclestone, Trinny Woodall, Zara Martin and Tolula Adeyemi. We nibbled on mini waldorf salads and drank cosmos, as it was announced that after 82 years of the formula of 8 hour cream not being changed a new fragrance free version in new packaging is being launched, as well as a new handbag size version (genius). The distinctive fragrance I feel is a bit like marmite you either love it or hate it- but it's great there's a choice now. I chatted to super sweet and very well brought up Amber Atherton from Made in Chelsea (her skin is ridiculously plump and glowy) who said she loved the original scent, as it was really comforting as her mother and grandmother both use 8 hour cream.

I also caught up with the lovely Rachel Singer Clark, Elizabeth Arden's celebrity make up artist who created Holly Valance's make up look for the night. Holly looked really fresh and glowy and Rachel gave me her insider tips as she uses 8 hour cream twice on the lips, once before she puts any make up on to hydrate and then again afterwards to add a gloss. She also uses 8 hour cream to tame brows and on eyelashes before curling them for added bend.

It was fabulous night and here's to another 80 years of 8 hour cream!

Thursday, 8 March 2012


Last night I was lucky enough to attend and film at Rodial Founder Maria Hatzistefanis'- Rodial Beautiful Awards at the Sanderson Hotel with my digital production company Couture communications, www.couturecommunications.com. The Sanderson was packed with wall to wall celebs such as presenters and winners Yasmin Mills, Julian Mcdonald, Kelly Hoppen, Zara Martin, Elle Mcpherson, uber make up artist Charlotte Tilbury and Whitney "The Hills" Port. I got to chat to Whitney and interviewed her, she looked amazing in Julian Mcdonald. I had to fight the urge to chat to her like I knew her as I lovvved "The Hills" but I resisted the urge. She showed me the contents of her bag as she loves Rodial's Glam Balm.

I also chatted with the ridiculously warm and funny Yasmin Le Bon who won an award for Classic Beauty. The woman looks amazing and natural and is super cool. I asked her if she did Voodoo to keep herself looking so good! I also met the legend that is Elle Mcpherson, who didn't disappoint as well as being everything you would imagine and more she was stunning, switched on and fabulous. When we took a photo together she went into full on supermodel mode and was busting some looks. I was totally blown away she's a true icon (p.s. having your picture taken with Elle Mcpherson is not for the faint hearted people).

I also chatted to Kelly Hoppen and asked her how she kept her curls looking so glossy and defined and soft, all the ladies reading with curly hair will know what I'm talking about and she told me her secret was Kevin Murphy products, www.kevinmurphystore.com. I love Kevin's Leave-in.Luxury conditioner, which is fantastic and nourishing for frizzy, thick hair.

Thank you Maria for a wonderful evening!


Hi guys,
While I was filming backstage in Milan I was really honoured to be interviewed for What's in my Handbag.com. Check out the full interview and the inner workings of my handbag on the links below!

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