Mask of Magnaminty

June 18, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Posted in Beauty, Beauty Bloggers, Beauty Review | 6 Comments
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No longer do I have teenage angst, but I certainly still have teenage skin, an oily nose and bespotted chin and chest being its main facets. And let’s face it, Touche Éclat may deal with shadows, but covering zits not only looks stupid, but also makes it harder to get rid of said zits.

So, as you might imagine, I am often on the lookout for the next miracle product to rid my skin of its breakouts. And since Lush returned to Canterbury, I have also spent many a Sunday inhaling the unique, migraine-encouraging aromas of its products. Now I love Lush, but apart from its delicious Honey I Washed the Kids soap, I haven’t been too impressed with its products. I really admire what they do, of course, but I haven’t been wowed by a shampoo or foot lotion or whatever. That is, my friends, until I discovered the almighty Mask of Magnaminty. Behold its magnificence:

I’ve been using Magnaminty for nine days now, and I’ve never been so impressed with a skincare product. I have hardly any spots on my face, and my chest is completely clear too. Even without using moisturiser afterwards, the mask leaves my skin smooth, and the peppermint oil has the effect of about twelve coffees, making me feel more awake than I ever have before.

So very well done, Lush. You have made this distinctly non-adolescent very pleased indeed that her skin has finally shed its teenage angst.


Give up red lipstick for a man? I don’t think so, Sarah Vine

February 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Beauty, Fashion, men | 3 Comments
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For most of my life, I have worn red lipstick.  I have worn it on many memorable occasions: to see a German production of Othello at the RSC in my final year at Warwick; for my graduation; to meet a certain special person for the first time.  No man has ever commented negatively on my wearing red lipstick; in fact, I’ve only ever had good feedback when my lips are scarlet.  It’s lip gloss with which men have a problem: it’s far too sticky for kissing.

My lips are one of my better features, and I like to show them at their best.  If that involves wearing red lipstick and looking – shock! Horror! – a bit of a scarlet woman, then so be it.  I’ve never exactly been the type to follow conventions of fashion.

Perhaps Sarah Vine and I just have very different taste in men?  After all, she is married to Michael Gove.

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