Self Care

In April 2018, the Philocalist beauty category was renamed to ‘self care’ to reflect the content going forward.

To fringe or not to fringe? That is the question.

Here’s a picture of me from 2010 – this was the last time I got my hair cut. It’s now 2017 and I’m starting to resemble John Lennon at his peak happy hippy stage.

You see the thing is, I’m terrified of hair dressers. I’m not usually a vain person; I’ll leave the house without makeup most days and in general I’m not too fussed about what I look like as long as I don’t look like a scarecrow.

However, when it comes to my hair I’m precious as fuck. Let me tell you why…

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A cosy night in with Tessuti

Like most people on the internet, I’m a total hermit. I’d much rather have a cosy night in than a wild night out. So when Tessuti said they were sending me a little something for a cosy night in, I was definitely excited! Fresh bedding, fresh PJs and a mystery black box; let’s delve in to find the secrets to a perfect cosy night in!

Tessuti are the super stylish arm of JD, stocking brands like Barbour, Vivienne Westwood and Michael Kors. Weirdly just before they emailed I’d been on their website looking for Christmas gifts for my mum. It must have been fate ;)!

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Grey hair don’t care | Why am I going grey prematurely?


I’m running the risk of sounding more uncool than usual here, but did anyone see Kylie Jenner’s Snapchat story the other day? Home girl found a grey hair (her very first I’m guessing) and I’d like to say a whole hearted welcome to the club! 18 might seem a young age to be going grey, but don’t worry pal, I’ve been going grey since the age of 14 so I’m kind of a pro at this.

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How to live a cruelty-free life… well, how to try at least!

Close up shot of make up brushes which may or may not be cruelty-free, who knows!

God loves a trier and gosh… have I tried. Just when you think you’re living a cruelty-free life, someone sneaks gelatine into your favourite snack, or your favourite beauty brand starts selling in mainland China. It’s a tricky world to navigate and unfortunately pitchfork-wielding do-gooders are always on the sidelines ready to point out your faults. So how on earth do you stay on the straight and narrow?

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Quick Fix Facials Calming Clay Mask review

Quick fix sensitive clay mask close up. Available in Boots.

The other weekend I visited a friend in York. The weather was absolutely stunning, but unfortunately that meant that I caught the sun! I picked up this handy little face mask to help cool and soothe my skin. Suffering from a few little bumps, it was high time I treated myself but was this mask up to the task?

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