Why I Love a Staycation (and Some Favourite Self-Catering Gems)

Why I Love a Staycation (and Some Favourite Self-Catering Gems)

After a rather lengthy foray into Disney parks and Florida road trips, we're back on home turf for a bit of "UK staycation*" action. I've been meaning to share these little self-catering gems with you for a while: my favourite finds, the houses and cottages and cabins...

How To Do Disney World If You’re Not Into Disney

How To Do Disney World If You’re Not Into Disney

In case you've stumbled upon this post via a Google search, please be aware that this is a very specific article. It's a guide to visiting Disney World if you're not that into Disney. I myself am not that into Disney. And I worry about saying this, because some of the...

How To Book A Holiday That You’ll All Enjoy

How To Book A Holiday That You’ll All Enjoy

I really thought I'd planned the dream holiday. One of those "once in a lifetime" sort of affairs that the whole family would enjoy and treasure forever. A holiday we'd all love so very much we'd still talk about it years down the line, when the kids were teenagers -...

RUTH CRILLY

Writer, content creator, veteran model and avid tester of beauty products. I’ve been blogging since 2010, giving honest recommendations and writing unbiased reviews about everything from luxury holidays to the best budget foundations. I’m in my forties, have two children and often tell funny stories about my life. You can read more about me on the aptly-named “About Me” page.

What’s In My Mystery Makeup Bag?

What’s In My Mystery Makeup Bag?

I took a little makeup bag with me on an overnight trip a couple of months ago and then when I got home again from my travels I forgot to unpack it. I only happened upon it by total fluke, the other week, when I went searching for one of those sticky clothes rollers...

Six Week Invisalign Update: Permanent Low-Key Crossness

Six Week Invisalign Update: Permanent Low-Key Crossness

I'm six weeks into my Invisalign treatment (read this if you need to catch up on why I'm doing it) and despite the experience being relatively drama-free, so far, I've realised this week that never in my entire life have I felt such a permanent sense of...

Foundation Review: Lancome Teint Idole Care & Glow

Foundation Review: Lancome Teint Idole Care & Glow

I think that one of my all-time favourite foundations has been knocked from its winner's podium: I've finally found a longwear makeup base that I love more than Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra Wear. It's - wait for it - Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra Wear Care & Glow....

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 Don’t Want Invisalign

Why I Don’t Want Invisalign

I have to have Invisalign and to say that I'm not massively keen would be an understatement. I'm viewing it as a necessary evil and in this post I wanted to outline a few things about the whole process that I'm not too enthusiastic about. But first, some backstory: A...

Best Christmas Gift: Books and Chocolate 2023

Best Christmas Gift: Books and Chocolate 2023

It's the Best Christmas Gift: Books and Chocolate 2023 Edition. I write this post every year and - despite always preparing it at the start of November - it never gets published until a couple of weeks before Christmas. I sort of like it that way - it's my very own...

What’s In My Travel Bag?

What’s In My Travel Bag?

A quick little beauty post to break up the contact lens content. I mean, I'm verging on becoming an eye blogger at this point. There are two or three posts on laser eye surgery to come yet and who knows what eye-related things I'll find to write about after that?...

Contact Lens Update: Ocular Sabotage

Contact Lens Update: Ocular Sabotage

I know you've all been waiting for contact lens news with bated breath so here's my update: I went for my second lesson and didn't do too badly. I have to say that at one point it did feel as though I was in a weird version of the Hunger Games, especially when I was...

Skylark Treehouses Review: The Mind/Soul Reset

Skylark Treehouses Review: The Mind/Soul Reset

This week I did something that felt possibly a bit batshit crazy and stayed, on my own, in a treehouse in the woods. I know. The person who gets spooked in her own garden. It is testament to just how desperately I needed to remove myself from all noise and distraction...

I Ordered Plants from Hortology: Here Are My Thoughts

I Ordered Plants from Hortology: Here Are My Thoughts

I've been meaning to add to my collection of cacti for a while now. I have two big window ledges at the front of the room known lovingly as the "Oil Baron's Sunken Lounge" and though one of them was filled with a row of the cacti I've been lovingly killing since 2007,...

5 BEAUTY BARGAINS YOU NEED TO TRY!

5 BEAUTY BARGAINS YOU NEED TO TRY!

OK, this is how it works: as I potter along doing my beauty research stuff, testing everything in the world from eyewateringly expensive face creams to the cheapest brow gels, I make note of any brilliant bargain beauty finds I come across. Until I have five of them...

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