Sharon with the Magic Hands

Sharon with the Magic Hands

For someone who writes about beauty I have a surprisingly temperamental relationship with facials. You'd think I'd automatically love them, considering my ongoing dedication to finding the very best things for my skin. And my passion for, er, lying down with my eyes...

My Most-Used Skincare Products: 2023

My Most-Used Skincare Products: 2023

In February, it'll be fourteen years since I posted my first blog on this website. Back then, in 2010, the website was called A Model Recommends and each post was a couple of hundred words long, if that. I just wrote exactly what I thought of a product in the...

Why I Use An Eye Cream (Again)

Why I Use An Eye Cream (Again)

Eye cream really divides opinion in the beauty world. Some people swear by it (the usual argument being that skin around the eyes is different - thinner - than elsewhere and so you want a dedicated formula to suit) and some people think that you should just use...

How (Not) To Do Boxing

How (Not) To Do Boxing

I woke up unable to move and with my arm muscles screaming: what evil atrocity had happened to my person overnight? I did (what they call in the meditation sessions I never get around to doing) a body scan; starting at the toes, moving up to the knees and then the...

5 Favourite Budget Cleansers

5 Favourite Budget Cleansers

If you're trying to save money on your skincare but don't want to compromise on the quality of your routine then I have some good news for you: I've rounded up some of the best budget cleansers and they're all products I happily use (and repurchase) on a regular...

The Glass-Penised Gnome: How (Not) To Use A Pipette

The Glass-Penised Gnome: How (Not) To Use A Pipette

This trend for the dribbling of skincare products directly onto the face really bemuses me. Ditto foundation dribbling. Pipettes are enough of a faff to use when you drop the product into the palm of your hand, why on earth would you ever attempt to pipe the product...

CURRENT MAKEUP ROUTINE: AUTUMN 2022

CURRENT MAKEUP ROUTINE: AUTUMN 2022

It's "neutrals with a hint of pink time"! Yes, that's right: whilst the whole world of social media experiments with the mandatory seasonal shades of russet and bronze, I'm still stuck in bronzer mode with a little bit of pretty pink to eradicate signs of tiredness...

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Some beauty shopping scenarios for you, tick all that apply: - you're in need of a skincare restock but don't know where to begin - you've saved up for a beauty treat but want something that truly delivers on results - you're sad that summer is coming to an end and...

SPF Problem: How Do I Reapply Sunscreen Over Makeup?

SPF Problem: How Do I Reapply Sunscreen Over Makeup?

This is the third SPF problem in my little mini-catalogue of sunscreen issues and it's the one that seems to frustrate people the most: how on earth do you reapply sunscreen over makeup? I have two good options below. My first thought, though, is this: if you're doing...

SPF Problem: Sunscreen Breaks Me Out

SPF Problem: Sunscreen Breaks Me Out

Problems with SPF. We're wading through a few common issues with sunscreen, while the sun is out and people feel its relevant and topical. The thing is, sunscreen should be topical all year round, if you're at all worried about the effects of the sun on your skin, but...

SPF Problem: My Sunscreen Is Stinging My Eyes

SPF Problem: My Sunscreen Is Stinging My Eyes

I think that most of us are now pretty clued up about the fact that sunscreen needs to be a mandatory part of our beauty routines. We've long known about the risk of skin cancer but sun exposure is also the leading cause of skin ageing. So if there's one singular...

5 Skincare Favourites: Sunscreen For Face

5 Skincare Favourites: Sunscreen For Face

I've been sunscreen testing again and these are my current five SPF favourites. I'm pretty picky when it comes to sunscreen for the face - I like a lightweight feel and a traceless finish - but thankfully formulations have improved massively over the past few years...

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