Why I love the Mayr
Earlier this year, in April, I made my annual visit the Mayr health retreat in Austria. When I tell people that I’ve being doing annual Mayr ‘cures’ for years, their first response is often to gasp in horror. They’ve likely heard shocking reports of no food, colonics and long, boring days (interjected with regular trips to the bathroom), but my experience is the complete opposite. Yes, the Mayr is very much a medical clinic as opposed to a luxury spa, and it isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it’s far from torturous. If anything, what the Mayr teaches is basic common sense - eat slowly, chew properly, drink plenty of water and go to bed early.
Youth In A Tube - The Lowdown on Sunscreen
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This film is full of information about the latest rules, regulations and the ingredients to know when it comes to sunscreen. I've spoken to dermatologists and scientists in the UK and USA and have included products recommended by them, as well as some personal favourites that I use on myself and my celebrity clients.
Keeping your skin protected in the sun is one of the easiest ways you can keep it looking younger for longer, and with so many great textures and formulas available now for every skin type, there really is no excuse not to wear SPF everyday ;) I hope the film is helpful for everyone who asked for it X
Thank you to Dr Nick Lowe, Jeff Murad, Kathy Phillips, Janne-Marii Nurm, and Nathan Rivas for their insights.
Update - July 2016
I recently went back to the experts I spoke to in this film to see if there had been any changes in terms of the disparity between America and the rest of the world when it comes to sunscreen. Jeff Murad, Vice President Product Development at Murad Skincare, told me that, 'While the FDA has been talking a lot lately about fast-tracking the approval of some sunscreen actives, we have not seen any activity yet.'
Nathan Rivas, Senior Researcher at Paula's Choice also said that, unfortunately, 'because the Sunscreen Innovation Act didn’t allow for changes to the FDA testing requirements (nor provide funding for additional resources in managing this process), the result is that no new sunscreen ingredients are expected to meet FDA approval anytime in the next few years. L’Oréal came the closest with Mexoryl SX at the end of last summer, but still failed to meet the FDA's requirements.' However, he did point out that many skincare companies are focusing their efforts on improving and innovating the ways in which they are able to use the FDA's current, approved sunscreen actives - with 'improved aesthetics and reduced skin sensitivity' among the intended results of these advancements... watch this space. X
Jet Setting Makeup Staples
I'm lucky enough to do lots of travelling, for work and pleasure, and like to think I've got my beauty and makeup packing down to a fine art. I'm getting ready to head off on holiday later this week and am packing lots of my usual makeup staples that I wanted to share with you. For me, it's all about ensuring you have a really good edit of hard-working products that will perform well - and last.
Four new favourites in my personal stash
I’ve been trialling a lot of new products recently, and these four have quickly become favourites. It's a bit of a diverse mix of skin, hair and make-up products...
Balance Bright Colour With a Gorgeous Nude Make-Up Look - Fresh Modern Easy!
Inspiration: ‘Simplicity is Complexity Resolved’
One of the questions I’m often asked in interviews is, ‘where do you find inspiration?’ And though the answer is ‘everywhere!’, one person that I reference again and again is the sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. As an art-lover, I’ve spent countless afternoons strolling around galleries and museums, but still remember so vividly visiting the Pompidou Centre in 1995 to see a major retrospective of his work. Although I'd seen photographs of his sculptures before it was only when I saw them in the 'flesh' that I really understood. I remember thinking 'This is it!' and feeling quite euphoric. It was a real lightbulb moment for me and from then on I became obsessed with his ideas and work.
The one where you meet an idol... and they are everything you hoped and more
Throughout the years I’ve worked as a makeup artist I’ve made up some incredible people, but a couple of months ago I had a real 'pinch myself' moment when I was asked to do Isabella Rossellini's makeup for Lancôme's 80th birthday party in Paris. I had to stop myself from screaming ‘YES!’ down the phone. I knew I already had a shoot with Mert & Marcus and Daria Werbowy that day, was booked to do Kate Winslet's makeup late afternoon and had to get myself ready, but I was absolutely determined to make it work.